Good morning, it is Thursday May 30, 2024.

Alabama and UCLA may have to battle more than each other when they are scheduled to play the first game in the 2024 Women's College Softball World Series at Oklahoma City. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00am but the forecast calls for a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms beginning around 10:00am.

There could be delays due to lightning, but the day is not expected to be a washout. The Tide and Bruins should be able to get the game in.

UCLA is favored in today's game as they are the PAC-12 Champions and are on a 13-game winning streak. The Bruins can score runs in big numbers as they have a .395 batting average, best in the tournament. So, Alabama's top-notch pitching will need to be at their best.

Pitching for the Bruins is stellar also so the Tide bats will need to find a way to consistently get the ball out of the infield.


The West Alabama Forecast:

A slight chance of showers before 10am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10am and 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday Night
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Sunday Night

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Topping Sports News:

The trees of Toomer's Corner in Auburn are filled with toilet tissue this morning. They were rolled by Tiger fans celebrating Auburn's first ever Men's Golf National Championship.

Alabama's Men's team has won two national titles while the women have garnered one NCAA championship.


The Alabama Softball Team is coming off an exciting NCAA Knoxville Regional Upset win to send them to the Women's Softball College World Series this weekend. Play begins at 11:00 this morning against PAC-12 powerhouse UCLA. The Bruins were 35-5 this season and have one of the top offenses in the nation.

Bama's pitching will have to continue to be stellar to shutdown UCLA. The Crimson Tide bullpen has allowed just six earned runs over 48.0 postseason innings pitched, good for a 0.88 staff ERA.

This is the Tide's 15th all-time time appearance in the College World Series.


From UA Athletics: The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its 2024 Division I All-America teams Wednesday prior to the start of the Women's College World Series, with Alabama graduate pitcher Kayla Beaver earning an at-large spot on the NFCA Second Team All-America list.

The award is the first of Beaver's career, a graduate transfer this season for the Crimson Tide after playing the past four years at Central Arkansas. She is a two-time NFCA All-Region honoree, winning this season with Alabama and in 2023 with the Bears. This year with the Tide, she is 18-9 with a 1.58 ERA, striking out 178 batters over 186.1 innings pitched.


Have a tremendous Thursday and ROLL TIDE!


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