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Some props from Ralph Weekly...

"Alabama is a true No. 1 team," Lady Vol Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly said. "In my opinion they are the best Alabama squad we've played in my 10 years here at Tennessee. Karen (Co-Head Coach Weekly) and I are so proud of our team for bringing the fight to them in game two. These are the types of games that make teams stronger down the road in postseason play."

 



If ole Ralph said it, it must be true.
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Just being nosy on a "foreign" thread, but is this restaurant named after my favorite old time Cardinal pitcher? He's my son's ALL TIME fav. Cardinal player of any position.



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Of course not, but being a Wildcat still makes me feel like I'm in foreign territory.

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Unfortunately the answer is no ...  Big Bob Gibson's dates back to 1925 when Bob Gibson served a BBQ sandwich from his backyard out of a hand-dug pit for the first time.  He was 6'4" and 300lbs and a railroad worker who was told by everyone that he would be better off with a BBQ restaurant than working on the railroads.  And since then, BBG has been around for 75 years and 4 generations.


Mmmmm....white sauce!! Love me some BBG!
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She's got to come around

If we are calling out players, and I really hate to do this, but I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to see some more offensive production from Kendall Dawson.  Obviously she has earned her spot on the field with her defensive play, which is stellar to say the least.  But last night when following the game, I noticed she had 10 hits to 21 strikeouts.  (Although yesterday she did pretty well getting on base without hits.)  I hope there is someway that both her and Locke can turn around those BAs. 


I agree completely. Kendall and Amanda both have the offensive ability to really help our team, but are just in a rough patch right now. But I have faith that they will come out of it soon.

I also would love to see Jackey Branham get some more at bats and time playing 2nd. She seems to be underrated but I really enjoy seeing her on the field and at the plate.

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Agreed Kelli!  I know they will come out of it .. I'm just ready for it to be now.  I'm not that patient of a person, lol.

As for Jackey, I was hoping she'd get to see an at-bat in that game #2.  There were a couple of spots where I could've seen her come in as a DH.  Her or Keima (but I think Keima had already been used as a PR).
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Locke

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6

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She's got to come around

If we are calling out players, and I really hate to do this, but I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to see some more offensive production from Kendall Dawson.  Obviously she has earned her spot on the field with her defensive play, which is stellar to say the least.  But last night when following the game, I noticed she had 10 hits to 21 strikeouts.  (Although yesterday she did pretty well getting on base without hits.)  I hope there is someway that both her and Locke can turn around those BAs. 


I agree completely. Kendall and Amanda both have the offensive ability to really help our team, but are just in a rough patch right now. But I have faith that they will come out of it soon.

I also would love to see Jackey Branham get some more at bats and time playing 2nd. She seems to be underrated but I really enjoy seeing her on the field and at the plate.

Bingo Kelli,

Check these stats from Jackey

Player           avg gp-gs ab 2b 3b hr rbi tb slg% bb hbp so gdp ob%
Jackey Branham  .353 18-9 17 .529 10 .593
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From Alabama Softball Fans   Traina's Keepsake

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From Alabama Softball Fans  Bama's Dogtags

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Bama Tradition

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More than most seasons in recent memory, the opening month of the current college softball season offered little clarity as to which team deserved to be No. 1. Perhaps it's time for a voice vote.

Alabama didn't offer incontrovertible proof of its own claim to the top spot during its first week of conference play in the SEC, but the circumstantial evidence looked convincing. And if you don't believe it, there are more than 12,000 character witnesses ready to vouch for the Crimson Tide.

In front of more than 12,000 fans over four home dates in Tuscaloosa last week, including a school-record crowd of 3,261 on Saturday night, Alabama swept a midweek doubleheader from rival Auburn and a three-game weekend series against top-ranked Georgia.

Alabama is used to packing the stands at Rhoads Stadium, annually fighting Arizona for the top spots in average and total attendance, but even those familiar with the place took notice this time. Senior Whitney Larsen has played in front of big crowds for four seasons and grew up coming to games from her nearby hometown of Vestavia Hills, but this impressed even her.

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New format a hit with SEC softball coaches

T.G. Paschal | Tuscaloosa News
Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy

By Tommy Deas Executive Sports Editor

Published: Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 at 1:46 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA | Three games in three days.

Arkansas at No. 1 Alabama
When: Today, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30 p.m.; Sunday 1:30 p.m.
Where: Rhoads Softball Stadium
Records: Alabama 30-2, 6-1 in SEC; Arkansas 10-21, 1-9 in SEC
Radio: 90.7 FM

That’s the way of softball in the Southeastern Conference this season for the first time after the league adopted a new series format.

The SEC started out playing four games in two days for each league series within the division, with two days of doubleheaders from 1997-2000. In cross-division play, like Alabama of the SEC Western Division vs. Tennessee or Florida from the SEC East, teams played one doubleheader.

That changed from 2001-2010, with teams playing three games in two days, with one doubleheader day and a single game to end the series. Additionally, teams played two midweek doubleheaders each season against rotating opponents.

The twin midweek doubleheaders are still part of the SEC schedule, but starting this season SEC teams are playing single games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In short, other than the two midweek doubleheaders each year, the SEC softball schedule now resembles the schedule for SEC baseball.

Alabama will experience its second three-in-three series this weekend when it hosts Arkansas.

“I think it’s definitely better for the student-athlete experience,” Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said. “One Georgia game (last weekend) was close to three hours, and some kids get to the ballpark three hours early to go to the training room. If we had a game after that, that’s way too long.”

The coaches seem to like the switch.

“We’ve been trying to do that for quite a few years, and the (athletics directors) would never let us do it,” said Jay Miller, Mississippi State’s head coach. “I think it’s going to make for a better game all around and a better series all around.

“I think it will help market our game and help market the sport. You lose a lot of your fans in the second ame of a doubleheader. People don’t want to spend six or eight hours at the ballpark.”

Murphy thinks the single game each day is better for fans with children.

“The time is much more manageable for a family than staying 5 1/2 hours,” he said.

Murphy also expects players to play better with more rest between games, and for the SEC to be more competitive.

“I think performances are going to go up across the board,” he said. “I think it’s going to be harder to sweep a team. In a doubleheader, you have that momentum if you win the first game, and (if you lose) you couldn’t go back to the hotel and look at film and go over certain batters because you only had 20 minutes.”

From a coaching standpoint, the biggest difference is how to manage pitching.

“If I had (all-time NCAA strikeout leader) Monica Abbott still, I might throw her every day because she could handle it,” Tennessee coach Ralph Weekly said. “I think you could use your best every day, but the smart coaches aren’t going to do that and wear the pitcher out.”

Said Miller, “It makes it a little easier for a dominant pitcher to dominate, but that’s always been the case. A dominant pitcher can throw a doubleheader anyway, but this (format) does make it a little easier.”

Murphy started ace Kelsi Dunne on Friday, freshman Jackie Traina on Saturday and Dunne again on Sunday last weekend. He’s not sure if that will be his approach every week.

“It’s kind of learn as you go,” he said. “I could definitely see a team down the stretch in the regular season, if it’s a close race for the SEC championship or even to get in the (SEC) tournament, throw the same pitcher every day.”

Reach Tommy Deas at tommy.deas@tuscaloosanews.com or at 205-722-0224.


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CPM said:“I think it’s definitely better for the student-athlete experience,” Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said. “One Georgia game (last weekend) was close to three hours, and some kids get to the ballpark three hours early to go to the training room. If we had a game after that, that’s way too long.”

...the three hour game was an anomaly on the length.  But, if the game 2 was three hours on a separate day then the student-athletes would be spending 12 hours at the park instead of 9 hours.

CJM said: “I think it will help market our game and help market the sport. You lose a lot of your fans in the second game of a doubleheader. People don’t want to spend six or eight hours at the ballpark.”

...you also lose your fans with single games who travel from out of town and are willing to spend one night overnight but not two. This also places  more of a burden on the family and friends of visiting team for the same reasons.

CRW said:  “If I had (all-time NCAA strikeout leader) Monica Abbott still, I might throw her every day because she could handle it,” Tennessee coach Ralph Weekly said. “I think you could use your best every day, but the smart coaches aren’t going to do that and wear the pitcher out.”

...Ralph sharing a fantasy moments with us.  Thanks Ralph

...not said but relevant... this format is what the PAC 10 uses and it seems to work well for them come June.  This change in format will likely result in a SEC WCWS champion this year.

...for the teams like Alabama that actually sell tickets and have a very strong regional fan base, ticket sales will increase.
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not said but relevant... this format is what the PAC 10 uses and it seems to work well for them come June.  This change in format will likely result in a SEC WCWS champion this year.



If it helps post season performance then I'm all for it but so far I don't like because I don't get to see as many games in person

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ditto 18.  I am one of these... ...you also lose your fans with single games who travel from out of town and are willing to spend one night overnight but not two.
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Game, Set, Match.  Razorbacks Visit the Crimson Tide
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Wow - that pic's intense.  You folks are SERIOUS down there.

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Love the Traina story!  Best of luck to the Tide tonight as they begin the series against the Hog-ettes!  Roll Tide!!!
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I'm ready to spend another weekend at Rhoads Stadium! Just one more class and a lab standing in my way.

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I'm ready to spend another weekend at Rhoads Stadium! Just one more class and a lab standing in my way.

You have some good weather for it.  Just dodge the storm tomorrow. Enjoy!

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No. 1 Softball Returns Home to Face...

The No. 1 ranked Alabama softball team (30-2, 6-1 SEC) will return home to host Arkansas (10-21, 1-9 SEC) in a three-game Southeastern Conference series. The Crimson Tide will... MORE [+]

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From looking at the picture....it looks like Big Al is predicting a sweep?
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From looking at the picture....it looks like Big Al is predicting a sweep?


At first look it appeared they were former Washington Redskins!

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I'm ready to spend another weekend at Rhoads Stadium! Just one more class and a lab standing in my way.

You have some good weather for it.  Just dodge the storm tomorrow. Enjoy!

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I was worried about the weather tomorrow too. I can't miss Kelsi Dunne day though! Hopefully it won't affect the crowds for her day.

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I find it ironically hilarious that Kelsi Dunne day will be the weekend of the Arkansas games and she had to sit out the Arkansas games last year.  Nice little "in your face" if you ask me

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Fenton Powers Softball Past Arkansas, 10-1

Alabama junior Jennifer Fenton belted two home runs, including a grand slam and the Crimson Tide used a seven-run fourth inning to down Arkansas, 10-1 Friday night at Rhoads Stadium. With... MORE [+]

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If the rain hold off, tomorrows game will be at noon.
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Fenton homers twice to lead Tide

Michelle Lepianka Carter | Tuscaloosa News
Jennifer Fenton hit two home runs, including a grand slam, to help the top-ranked University of Alabama softball team to a 10-1 victory over Arkansas on Friday at Rhoads Softball Stadium.
By Tommy Deas Executive Sports Editor
Published: Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 3:30 a.m. 
Last Modified: Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 12:48 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA | Patrick Murphy had been juggling his lineup, in large part to find some production in the No. 2 spot in the batting order.

Center fielder Jennifer Fenton took that mandate to heart Friday night, but not in the way her coach expected. Fenton hit two home runs, including a grand slam, to drive in six runs and lead the top-ranked University of Alabama softball team to a 10-1 mercy-rule victory over Arkansas.

Today’s second game of the series has been moved to noon at Rhoads Stadium due to weather concerns.

Alabama (31-2, 7-1 in Southeastern Conference) bounced back from its first league defeat — a midweek loss at 11th-ranked Tennessee in the second game of a doubleheader — by making short work of the Lady Razorbacks (10-22, 1-10 SEC). The Crimson Tide pounded out 10 hits, including three homers and three doubles, to return to form.

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Here is a link to the Gainesville sun A little information on Brombaucher and Rogers.    http://www.gainesville.com/article/20110325/ARTICLES/110329568/1136/sports?p=1&tc=pg
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