Two Tide SEC Players of the Week

Senior pitcher Stephanie VanBrakle and sophomore first baseman Dani Woods were named Southeastern Pitcher and Player of the Week as announced by the league office this afternoon.

VanBrakle threw the first perfect game in Tide softball history in Alabama's 7-0 Game 1 victory at Kentucky. She struck out 12 Wildcat batters en route to the perfect game throwing only 83 pitches. She allowed only two balls to leave the infield with a fly out to center field and a line out to left that ended the game. She came back the next day and threw three innings of one-hit, shutout ball while striking out four batters en route to her second win of the weekend. She finished the weekend with a 0.00 ERA striking out 16 batters in 10.0 IP.

Woods added to her career numbers this weekend, tacking on two more home runs to her career best and team best total of six. She finished the weekend hitting .625 (5-8) with two home runs, one of which was a grand slam, two doubles, 10 RBI and three runs scored. She posted a slugging percentage of 1.625. She was also perfect in the field from her first base position recording 18 putouts and one assist. She drove in the game-winning RBI in Game 1 with a two-run home run and finished the game going 2-3 with two RBI and run scored. She again recorded the game-winning RBI in Game 2 this time with a two-run double. She finished Game 2 going 2-3 with a double, grand slam, six RBI and a run scored.

The award was the second for Woods this season and the third for VanBrakle. Alabama has now received eight SEC weekly honors this season. In addition to this week, Dominique Accetturo was named the league's Player of the Week last week. Jordan Praytor received the honor on March 19. VanBrakle was named Pitcher of the Week on March 14 and February 20, while Woods was named Player of the Week a week earlier on February 13. Brittany Rogers was named SEC Freshman of the Week on March 14 as well.

It marks the 39th and 40th times in school softball history that Alabama has received the honor, which marks the most times in SEC history.

The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide (32-4, 12-0 SEC) entertains the Samford Bulldogs Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. followed by a road trip to Oxford, Mississippi this weekend for a three-game series with the Ole Miss Rebels.


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