BY NICK TAYLOR
THE ALABAMA GYMNASTICS TEAM entered their March 19TH meet with Michigan in Tuscaloosa Friday night with the nation's number one ranking despite losing their last meet @ 2ND ranked OKLAHOMA on March 5TH. This is because gymnastics polls are based on seasonal scoring averages and not necessarily individual meet results because all team totals are usually relatively close. Each week the teams high and low season scores are dropped. The tide had a much needed week off from competition on March 12TH before the Michigan meet as they got rest and recovered from major injuries. The week also saw the return of Sophomore Ashley Priess to the all-around lineup. PRIESS, a mainstay in the lineup missed the March 5TH meet at OKLAHOMA after coming down with a severe case of the swine flu several days prior to the meet. ALABAMA defeated MICHIGAN 197.575 TO 196.875.
The team scores per event were as follows: VAULT 49.350 BARS 49.350 BEAM 49.425*-SEASON HIGH & A 49.450 on the FLOOR EXCERCISE. Alabama returns to action next Saturday when it attempts to defend its Southeastern Conference title in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Alabama softball team entered the week with a number 5 ranking after opening SEC play by winning 2 out of 3 at GEORGIA last weekend as they prepared to travel to LEXINGTON KY for a mid-week series with the KENTUCKY WILDCATS. Bama split the doubleheader with KENTUCKY winning game one 7-2 before losing a heartbreaker in game two 5-4. The tide then earned a 2-1 home win Thursday night over non conference foe FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL.
The No. 5 Alabama softball team defeated South Carolina twice Saturday afternoon at the Alabama Softball Complex, run-ruling the Gamecocks in game one, 8-0 and winning game two, 8-2. The second game of the doubleheader was both the 900th game in the program's history and head coach Patrick Murphy's 600th win at the Capstone.
Alabama tied a school record with a 14-run inning and six home runs to earn a series sweep over South Carolina by the score of 21-1 Sunday afternoon at the Alabama Softball Complex. The 21 runs equals the most scored in a game in UA school history as does the 20-run margin of victory. The 21 runs are the most scored by the Tide in Southeastern Conference play. After the sweep, Alabama improves to 22-7 overall and 6-2 in SEC games. Freshman Lauren Sewell earned the win by tossing three innings of relief. Sewell (7-0) allowed one run on three hits and struck out four. Junior Kelsi Dunne started the game and allowed just one hit in two innings, striking out three.