Alabama Softball Set to Play Future SEC Rival
Alabama softball head coach Patrick Murphy joined Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson on the Out of the Box Podcast where he revealed a big matchup for the Tide next year.
Murphy mentioned that the Tide would travel to Austin for a five-game tournament which will include a match up against the Texas Longhorns.
"We're going to Texas next year. I don't know if you guys know that but we're finally gonna make that trip over there," said Murphy.
The Longhorns were one of the last two teams standing in college softball this past season after an amazing Women’s College World Series run, falling short to No. 1 Oklahoma in the championship series.
The unseeded-Longhorns went on the road to take down No. 13 Washington in regionals and No. 4 Arkansas in super regionals. The Longhorns defeated two more national seeds, No. 5 UCLA and No. 7 Oklahoma State twice, in the Women’s College World Series.
The Longhorns were also one of three teams to beat Oklahoma, defeating the Sooners 4-2 in the regular season.
Alabama finished the year 44-13 (16-8). The Tide look to bounce back next year after failing to make super regionals for the first time.
The Tide defeated the Longhorns twice this past season in the T-Mobile Crimson Classic, 5-4 and 3-1.
In the first matchup, Megan Bloodworth hit a solo-homer over the left field wall to break a 4-4 tie to secure the victory for the Tide. In game two, strong pitching from Jaala Torrence and Montana Fouts led the Tide to its second victory of the weekend.
After losing multiple players to the transfer portal, the Tide will still have key players return for the 2023 season including Montana Fouts, Ashley Prange, Ally Shipman, and Jenna Johnson.