The Alabama Softball team opened its season in a few unexpected ways down in Mobile at the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores.

First, four of the games were cancelled because of the stormy weather. Luckily fans were still able to see Patrick Murphy's latest squad in action though some fans were anxious after the Crimson Tide held on to beat South Alabama, 1-0.

The following morning, Alabama came out of the gate slow against Penn St. Three innings passed with no score, which said a lot about freshman Madison Preston, who limited the Lady Lions to one hit in her collegiate debut.

"I was pleased." Head Coach Patrick Murphy told host Travis Reier. "We played really good defense, I think we only had one error in three games. We got production from almost everybody and almost everybody who played got a hit."

The next two innings were all Alabama with the game ending early in the fifth inning with a 10-0 win over Penn State.

NCAA Softball via Twitter
NCAA Softball via Twitter

The biggest surprise came from the New Zealander Courtney Gettins, who pitched a no-hitter against Lamar in her collegiate debut with the Tide.

Though Gettins only faced 14 batters, the Crimson Tide's bats were alive again scoring 13 runs in the third and fourth inning. Three of those runs came from the speedy junior Merris Schroder, who hit an inside the park home run.

Patrick Murphy has done a top notch job over the years developing his squads to reach championship potential again. These first three games indicate Murphy could have another great season ahead of him in Tuscaloosa.

You can listen to Travis's full interview with Murphy by clicking on the video at the top of the page. As always you can hear Travis Reier on Southern Fried Sports weekdays from noon until 2 pm.

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