Tide Softball Opens Series Vs Arizona State

Alabama begins play in its fifth NCAA Women's College World Series on Thursday, May 29, at 6 p.m. at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City against Arizona State.

Alabama enters the 2008 NCAA Women's College World Series as the No. 3 national seed. The Crimson Tide swept through the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional and Super Regional to advance to their fifth Women's College World Series. Alabama went 5-0 in the regional and super regional, outscoring its opponents 35-4. The Tide is 56-6 on the season and winners of the SEC Western Division title with a 25-3 league record.

The Arizona State Sun Devils (61-5) swept Northwestern in the NCAA Tempe Super Regional to advance to Oklahoma City. Alabama and Arizona State are joined by Arizona and UCLA in one WCWS bracket while Florida and Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas A&M and Virginia Tech are in the other bracket.

The Crimson Tide owns a 4-2 all-time record against Arizona State, including a 3-0 mark in NCAA Tournament play. UA won the 2000 NCAA Tempe Regional to advance to the WCWS with two wins over the Sun Devils and also beat ASU in the 2005 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional. Alabama has a 0-10 all-time record against Arizona and a 0-8 mark vs. UCLA.

Alabama is making its fifth appearance in the NCAA Women's College World Series and its third trip in the last four years. The Tide advanced to the Women's College World Series on four previous occasions (2000, 2003, 2005 and 2006). The Crimson Tide has a 2-8 record in the WCWS at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. UA captured a win over DePaul in their first trip to OKC in 2000 and then beat the Blue Demons again in the 2005 WCWS.

Alabama earned its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid in 2008 and has a 56-6 overall record. In just its 12th year of existence, the Crimson Tide program has garnered 10 appearances in NCAA Regional play. The Tide has a 34-19 record in the NCAA Tournament (including regionals, super regionals and the WCWS). Alabama has won six NCAA Regional titles (2000, ‘03, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07 & ‘08) and three NCAA Super Regional championships (2005, ‘06 & ‘08). UA is playing in its fifth Women's College World Series, including its third in the past four years.

No. 3 Alabama has been dominant as they swept through the first five games of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The Crimson Tide has outscored their opponents by a 35-4 margin with the closet game coming in the finals of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional as Alabama knocked off Jacksonville State, 4-1.

The Tide dispatched Missouri in super regional play by scores of 6-1 and 7-1. Alabama is hitting .354 as a team in the NCAA Tournament and averaging seven runs and nine hits per game. UA has pounded out 19 extra-base hits, including 10 home runs for a .669 slugging percentage. The Tide has reached base at a .426 clip and swiped eight bases in 10 attempts while fielding .985.

In the circle, the staff boasts a 0.88 ERA with 36 strikeouts and just nine walks over 32 innings. Opponents are hitting just .212 with two extra-base hits. Kelsi Dunne is 3-0 in the tournament with a 1.15 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 18.1 innings with two complete games. Charlotte Morgan is 2-0 and has not allowed a run in 9.1 innings with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

The Crimson Tide played an impressive 16 teams in 2008 that qualified for the NCAA Tournament (including the NCAA Regional and Super Regional). Alabama played 36 games against those NCAA Tournament teams and posted a 30-6 (.833) record. The 36 games against NCAA teams represented 58.1 percent of Alabama's 2008 schedule. The Crimson Tide also faced five of the 16 No. 1 regional seeds with a 10-4 mark in those games. UA also played four super regional teams with a 6-3 record.

Alabama junior center fielder Brittany Rogers has been nothing short of amazing in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. She is hitting an amazing ..722 (13 for 18) in three NCAA Regional games and two NCAA Super Regional games. During that time Rogers has collected four doubles, an inside-the-park home run and swiped five bases. She has a 1.111 slugging percentage and a .737 on-base percentage. Rogers also passed Missouri's Rhea Taylor for the NCAA stolen base lead with No. 58 in the super regional against Taylor's Tigers. For the year, Rogers is hitting .459 with 94 hits, 77 runs scored, 12 doubles, a triple, home run and 21 RBI. She is reaching base at a .507 clip while still slugging ..541.

Alabama was awarded the No. 3 national seed for the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The Crimson Tide was second in the most recent RPI released by the NCAA on May 4. The Crimson Tide is 11-5 against top-25 competition, including non-conference games away from home against Northwestern, DePaul and Washington.

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