03 June 2011
"They" say it's not summer yet, and I suppose they're right. But when the forecasted high is 99 degrees, it's close enough for me. Oppressive heat is forecast for Tuscaloosa (and all of Alabama, really) for the weekend. Be careful out there.
Here's what's new today in the world of Bama sports:
The softball team beat Cal 1-0 on the backs of a great pitching performance by Kelsi Dunne and Jackie Traina came on in the 6th to close it out. The team will play game 2 in Oklahoma City versus Baylor tonight at 6:00 PM central time on ESPN.
The baseball team begins NCAA regional play this morning in Tallahassee versus Central Florida. Defeating the host FSU to advance to the College World Series will be a tall order, and that gauntlet starts early this morning. You can watch the Tide live via the internet here. There's no "actual" TV that I'm aware of.
The men's golf team... well, there's no nice way to say this. They choked. The Tide was in 5th place headed into the final day of stroke play in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The top 8 teams advance. They shot a combined 28 over. The Tide was the third seed in the tournament, but their 28 over was the second worst score of the day, dropping them to 14th place and finishing their season.
It's a disappointing finish, but qualifying for the Championship is no small deal. Congrats on a very good season, guys.
There's actual football news as well. The SEC announced kickoff times for the a chunk of early games yesterday, and if you like sausage and eggs at your tailgate, I have good news! Alabama and Kent State will kick off at 11:21 am on September 3. The only upside to the sweltering morning heat is you'll be back in air conditioned comfort when Ole Miss and BYU kick at 3:45 pm and in perfect position to channel surf between Georgia vs Boise State and LSU vs. Oregon, which both kick at 7:00 pm.