Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy's family gatherings as a youth in Iowa always included a bat and ball.
In Alabama, football may be king, but the school's softball team has taken root and is poised to build on last season's title run by taking tips from their football brethren on how to pull off a repeat.
National champion Alabama lost plenty to graduation. But the Crimson Tide have a new leader, an established pitcher and up-and-comers who have been waiting for their chance to shine.
Alabama rides its quick duo of Kayla Braud and Jennifer Fenton -- and a raucous home crowd -- to a super regional victory over Michigan onj Thursday night.