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Olympic dream back on for softball

The last Olympic softball game was played almost nine years ago in China, but by the time Japan defeated the United States in the gold medal game the sport had already lost. Three years earlier, the International Olympic Committee voted...

Team USA too much for Alabama All-Stars

The Alabama Stars collected 20 top players with state ties – all but two playing at state colleges, with the other two being natives who play collegiately outside the state – for a softball doubleheader at Rhoads Stadium. The USA...

McCleney coming home with Team USA

   Haylie McCleney hasn’t played at Rhoads Stadium for more than a year, but she never left it completely behind. The four-time All-American softball player at the University of Alabama now plays for USA Women’s National Team. The outfielder from the...

USA falls to Japan in softball before heading to Tuscaloosa

OKLAHOMA CITY – Japan defeated the United States 2-1 on Sunday to win the World Cup of Softball XII championship. Former University of Alabama star Haylie McCleney went 1-for-4 with a first-inning single for the U.S. She started in center...

Tide ranked No. 12 in final NFCA Coaches Poll

Alabama softball concludes the 2017 season ranked No. 12 in the final top 25 rankings from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, released Monday. Alabama has finished in the top 25 every season since 2000, a streak of 17-straight. The Tide...

Osorio tabbed first-team All-America

OKLAHOMA CITY – Alexis Osorio earned first-team All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, making her a two-time selection for the University of Alabama softball team. The NFCA released its All-America teams on Wednesday. The junior from Riverside, California,...

Q&A wth Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy

The University of Alabama softball team’s season came to an end last weekend when the Crimson Tide lost two out of three games at top-seeded Florida in the NCAA Tournament to finish with a 47-17 record. Alabama had to twice...

CECIL HURT: Tide softball went down swinging

Given the program that Patrick Murphy has built, any University of Alabama softball season that ends anywhere except Oklahoma City is a disappointment in some ways. Softball bears the football burden, with championships being the standard by which they...

Florida ends Alabama softball’s season 2-1 in Super Regional

By Pat Dooley GateHouse Media Services GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- When it was over, Patrick Murphy gathered his team in the pitching circle to give the eulogy on a special season. There were some tears and a lot of sad looks, but his...

Alabama falls to Florida, will play third game in series

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- After being shut out in the second game of the Super Regional on Friday, Alabama coach Patrick Murphy managed to find the bright side. “Well, the good thing is there’s another game,” he said. There is. Alabama-Florida. Winner to the...

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