Tide Softball Team Going To World Series

A third-inning grand slam and stingy pitching performance from Charlotte Morgan was all Alabama needed to complete a two-game sweep of Missouri Saturday, as the Alabama Softball team downed the Tigers 7-1 at the Alabama Softball Complex.



The sweep makes Alabama the NCAA Tuscaloosa Super Regional champion and sends the Crimson Tide to its fifth Women's College World Series.

"That was a very hard fought two games," said Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy. "Give credit to Missouri for coming out and playing extremely well. It was much closer than the score indicated."

Alabama (56-6), which won game one of the Super Regional Friday night 6-1, scored seven runs on five hits while Missouri (47-17) managed nine hits but only one run.

The bulk of Alabama's offense came in the third inning when, with two outs, Whitney Larsen drew a walk, Brittany Rogers singled, and Jordan Praytor walked to load the bases. Morgan, batting third in the lineup, then sent a 2-2 pitch from Missouri's Jen Bruck over the right field wall to put the Tide up 4-0.

The home run was Morgan's 18th of the season, and gave her 75 RBI.

"I got behind 0-2 right off the bat, so at that point I'm just thinking stay tall, foul off pitches and wait until you get something you can hit," Morgan said. "I fouled off a few pitches and started seeing the ball better, hitting it harder and then I took a few balls to get the count back to even. I just kept thinking stay tall, let her bring it to you, you can do it, and then I got a pitch low and away and drove it and it went."

In the fourth inning, Alabama tacked on three more runs on three hits to extend the lead to 7-0. Missouri's run came in the bottom of the seventh inning, when the Tigers mounted their first serious offensive threat of the game, loading the bases on four hits.

But Kelsi Dunne, Alabama's third pitcher of the game, got Missouri's Julie Silver to fly out to Brittany Rogers to end the game.

Morgan picked up the win, running her record to 17-2 on the season while Jen Bruck took the loss, falling to 17-10.

Alabama now advances to the Women's College World Series for the third time in four years and fifth time since the Tide's first appearance in 2000. The eight-team field gets underway May 29 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

"It's awesome," said Alabama shortstop Kellie Eubanks. "We are so excited, and I know that if we play the way we know how, we will have a chance to go a long way."

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