Alabama Softball Gets Look At Olympians

Alabama softball fans enjoyed watching Kelly Kretschman when she was a star outfielder for the Crimson Tide a few years ago. She has since gone on to be one of the members of the United States Olympic Team.

Alabama gets to see Kretschman again this week as the Crimson Tide, ranked second in the nation and riding an 18-game winning streak, hosts the U.S. Olympic Team at Liberty Park in the Vestavia Hills suburb of Birmingham at 6:35 p.m. CDT Tuesday.

Kretschman will be playing in her second Olympic Games when she goes to Beijing this summer.

After that, it's back to work for Coach Patrick Murphy's Bama squad. The Tide will go to Arkansas for a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. CDT Thursday, then return to the Alabama Softball Complex to host South Carolina for three games. Bama and the Gamecocks will meet in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. CDT Saturday, then play a single game at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Alabama was 4-0 in games last week, defeating Troy 11-0 at Troy, then going to Auburn and taking three games from the Tigers.

Alabama is 39-3 overall and 18-2 in SEC games. Bama has won 15 consecutive conference games and is firmly in the lead in the SEC Western Division. Florida, which was ranked fourth in the nation when Bama and the Gators split a doubleheader on March 12, has a half gave lead over Alabama for the overall SEC lead at 18-1.

Alabama has not lost a game since that doubleheader split with Florida over a month ago.

Alabama's nominees for awards following last week's play were senior Dani Woods for Player of the Week and freshman Kelsi Dunne for Pitcher of the Week.

Woods hit four home runs and batted .467 (7-15) in four games. She drove in 12 runs and posted a 1.400 slugging percentage while reaching base at a .500 clip. She has five home runs in the past five games and nine for the season. She had two home runs as Alabama completed a sweep of Auburn Sunday. She had three home runs in three games against Auburn.

Dunn posted a 2-0 record with wins at Troy and Auburn. She allowed just two earned runs in 12 innings (1.17 earned run average) and struck out 20. She had a career high 15 strikeouts in eight innings against Auburn. The 15 strikeouts were the most by a Crimson Tide pitcher since Stephanie VanBrakle sat down 15 vs. Ole Miss on April 8, 2006. She had a one-hitter against Troy.

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