Alabama 6, Hofstra 0

May 22, 2005

The NCAA has announced that the national 12th seed Alabama softball team (60-13) will travel to College Station, Texas to take on the national fifth seed Texas A&M Aggies (47-8) in a Super Regional.

Play is scheduled to begin on Friday, May 27 with a single game beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The Crimson Tide claimed the NCAA Region 12 championship on Sunday with a 6-0 victory over the Hofstra Pride. Texas A&M won the NCAA Region 5 championship, defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions 9-2.

Alabama owns a 1-0 record against the Aggies, defeating them 2-1 in College Station during the 2001 season.

The Super Regional format is one game played on Friday and a possibly doubleheader on Saturday.

Alabama Post-game Quotes

Coach Patrick Murphy I think the heat might have played a little factor in the game today. I think (Hofstra) was a totally different team from last night that beat Arizona State. The humidity got to them I think.

I was happy we got on them early and then we kind of coasted from there.

The second day of almost every SEC series (VanBrakle) has been better. The second day has been her better day and I think it is because she doesnt try too hard. She uses her defense a little more the second day.

When (Jackie Wilkins) hit the foul ball homerun, it shook (Osborne) a little. She then walked Jackie and her change up was nowhere near what it was yesterday.

ON LOW-KEY CELEBRATION
It might just be the personality of the leaders on the team. I know their excited inside, they might just show it outwardly.

#23, 1B, Dani Woods
I think we were going up there aggressive. We were looking to swing early in the count and (Osborne) was throwing it in there. I thought we were seeing her really well.

#20, C, Ashley Courntey
Stephanie (VanBrankle) came out with one goal in mind: to beat Hofstra. Her pitches were definitely moving where they were supposed to. Well, theres no doubt that the Tennessee game in Gainesville, Fla. was the best game Ive caught. But this game was more important. They were both great outings.

ON HER HOMERUN
Before the inning started, (assistant coach) Aly (Habetz) came up to me and said this is my last at bat on this field. I got into the box and I just wanted to make it memorable, give the fans something to scream at. I think I did a good job with that.

Were not done. Weve set our goals so much higher than regionals.

#24, P, Stephanie VanBrakle
I went to 3-2 against the nine hole hitter and I was going to make her hit it. I was just going to throw it right down the middle. She still had to hit it.

I was able to throw three or four balls off the plate to some batters and get them to swing at it. When thats working its good.

ON HER HOMERUN
It was the first pitch. I was thinkin she was trying to get ahead in the count. I was kind of mad after I got walked (in the first inning). I was feeling good in the at bat and got a good swing on it.

I think everything is starting to come together well. Everyone is getting a good bat on the ball and our pitching is coming through. The past two weekends weve shown how good we can be.

Hofstra Post-game Quotes

Coach Bill Edwards
I was one hitter too late. I went with my heart and not my gut. I went with my heart today and left Callie in to face VanBrakle and it was a big mistake.

(VanBrakle) really had the drop ball going today. She was outstanding; she kept us off base with her changeup. She gets you leaning away, away and all of a sudden she gets you inside.

We wanted to be aggressive; you have to get your swings in. We had to be aggressive early because we couldnt take strikes against VanBrakle. We had to hit ahead in the count. We were looking down and wanted to hit that pitch, but she didnt make a mistake today. I give her all the credit in the world.

#7, DH/P, Adrienne Clark
ON VANBRAKLEY
She mixed it up well today, inside and outside. Once we started to get the timing she threw in a changeup. Her whole repertoire today was on. Its been an awesome ride. Weve made so many strides in the past 10 years to know that were going to be in regionals year after year. Hopefully that door will open up and well get to the World Series.

Game 6 Notes
Alabama:
" Alabama advances to first ever NCAA Super Regional.
" Stephanie VanBrakle recorded her first 300 strikeout season, only the second pitcher in Alabama history to post a 300 strikeout season.
" VanBrakle is seven strikeouts from breaking the school record for strikeouts in a season.
" Dominique Accetturo played in her 200th career game.
" Accetturo and Ashley Courtney tied the school record for hits in a NCAA Tournament with six.
Hofstra:
" Shutout for the first time since April 20 against Quinnipiac 1-0.
" Ashley Lanes 13-game hitting streak snapped.
" Hofstra is now 0-2 in NCAA Regional Championship day.

-- Courtesy Alabama