Alabama Softball Hosts Samford

Alabama softball performed well under pressure last weekend. There will be more pressure this weekend when Bama travels to South Carolina. Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide will make up a postponed game Wednesday night against Samford.

The Alabama softball team of Coach Patrick Murphy improved to 31-6 overall and 10-4 in Southeastern Conference play as the Crimson Tide swept three games from Georgia, which had been ranked sixth in the nation.

Sophomore pitcher Kelsi Dunne started games one and three against Georgia and picked up wins in those games. She pitched one pitch in relief in the second game, but that one pitch came at a fortuitous time for her as Bama won in extra innings and Dunne was the pitcher of record. After being named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, Dunne was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week.

In 13 innings in the circle, she gave up one earned run, struck out 11 and allowed eight hits, holding the Bulldogs to a .190 team batting average. For the week, Dunne posted a 0.54 ERA. The Port Orange, Fla., native allowed a single run in the first game against Georgia, then came back and earned the win by pitching an inning in relief in an extra-inning thriller in the nightcap. In Sunday's series finale, Dunne struck out 10 en route to the shutout.

Alabama will host Samford of Birmingham at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Alabama Softball Complex. The game was originally scheduled March 25 but was postponed due to inclement weather. Samford is 11-19. Alabama has a 15-2 lead in the series.

The NCAA released its RPI rankings through games of March 31. Alabama checks in at No. 3 while Florida ranks No. 1 and Washington checks in at No. 2. The SEC has five schools in the top 10 and six in the top 20. Alabama is just one spot ahead of Georgia and LSU ranks sixth while Kentucky checks in at No. 9.

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