Tide Player Gets SEC Recognition

The Southeastern Conference announced on Monday that University of Alabama junior Dani Woods is this week's recipient of SEC Softball Player of the Week.

Dani Woods, an outfielder/first baseman from Cockeysville, Md., helped lead Alabama to a 5-0 record last week, including a three-game sweep over in-state rival Auburn over Easter weekend. She posted a .583 batting average (7-of-12) in the five games with one home run and nine runs batted in. She also recorded a double, walk, three runs scored and three sacrifice hits to give her a .917 slugging percentage and .571 on-base percentage.

She came through with timely hits all week for Alabama. She had a two-run single as part of an eight-run inning against Northwestern State. She added another RBI later in the game to finish 2-for-3 with three RBI and a sacrifice bunt in a 13-7 victory. In the next game against Florida Atlantic, her sacrifice fly in the sixth inning drove in Lauren Parker for the Tide's only run in a 1-0 win.

In the weekend series vs. Auburn, Woods was 5-of-7 (.714) with one home run, five RBI and three runs scored. In the series opener, she went 2-for-2 with a run, three RBI and a sacrifice bunt as the Tide rolled to a 10-0 win in five innings. Her double in the second game drove in a run to break a scoreless tie. UA ended up taking the game 5-3 as Woods moved into 10th on the all-time doubles list at Alabama. Woods was a perfect 2-for-2 in the series finale 12-4 victory with a walk, two runs scored and a solo home run. Her nine RBI on the week gave her 114 for her career and moved her into 10th on the career list.

Woods is the third UA player to garner SEC Player of the Week honors this season. She joins Brittany Rogers and Lauren Parker as the 2007 recipients. Woods was named SEC Player of the Week three times last season. The Tide also has three SEC Freshman of the Week honors in 2007.

The Crimson Tide will be back in action on Wednesday when Bama faces Tennessee-Chattanooga in doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. at the Alabama Softball Complex.


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