Tide Softball Wins Regional

Facing elimination after a Friday night loss, the Alabama softball team completed its comeback Sunday by beating Tennessee Tech twice, 19-10 and 7-2, to capture the Tuscaloosa NCAA Regional and advance to Super Regional play.

"We expected Alabama to come back at us like a pack of wild dogs and that's what they did," Tennessee Tech Head Coach Tory Acheson said. Tennessee Tech upset Alabama on Friday, winning the first match-up between the teams.

"It would have been wishful thinking to think that all those things would have aligned again. The better team won, we're just giving them credit."

Alabama (55-8) eliminated Cal and Florida State from the NCAA Softball Championships on Saturday, and never trailed when facing elimination twice more on Sunday against Tennessee Tech (50-19).

"I thought we'd do it," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said, "but you never know. All we had to do was split at Tennessee to with the league and we laid an egg. Driving home last night I realized that to move on we'd have to end the season of three teams."

Next week Alabama will travel to Seattle, Washington, for the three-game Super Regional series with Washington.

Senior pitcher Blair Potter got all four of the weekend wins for Bama, and had a perfect game going in game one on Sunday when she was lifted to save her for the second game.

"It was probably one of the biggest weekends of any kid we've had for what Blair Potter did for us," Murphy said.

Alabama pounced on Tech's Bonnie Bynum early in the first game, taking a 4-0 lead when Acheson removed Bynum to rest her for the second game. Alabama took a 12-run lead before removing Potter, but a Tech grand slam in the fifth inning extended the game to a full seven.

Potter went the distance in the final game, allowing eight hits and two runs in seven innings. She walked three and struck out eight in 137 pitches.

"If I had to throw a few more I think I could do it," Potter said.

Potter's next challenge will come when the team boards the flight to Washington.

"I talking in front of people and I hate flying," she said as she left the post-game press conference.


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