It was a tense, pressure packed, emotional day Sunday at the Rhoads House, where staring down the prospect of elimination the Alabama Crimson Tide rose to the occasion, rallied, and got the win over Middle Tennessee State in front of their home crowd.
"I'm really happy for the Seniors, I did not want anybody to have to take a jersey off today. That was goal number one", said Alabama Head Coach Patrick Murphy.
By far the biggest two moments of the game belonged to Senior catcher Ally Shipman, who in the bottom of the 5th inning, in a scoreless game, threw out a MTSU runner at 2nd base. Then proceeded to lead off the top of the 7th with a solo home run to left field, a homer that proved to be the game winning, season saving run.
"I really was just trying to hit a line drive, we were popping up a lot and I was just like 'cut the ball in half, cut the ball in half' and then it ended up going out. I really just wanted to do it for Jaala (Torrence). I mean, she pitched a heck of a game out there she's giving it everything she had and so just as her catcher, I just wanted to be there for her", said Shipman.
With the season on the line, in a winner-take-all game 3, without the services of ace pitcher Montana Fouts, Murphy turned to Junior right handed pitcher Jaala Torrence who wasn’t just ready for the moment, but wanted it.
"I was telling myself, I'm going to do this for our team and our seniors and each time I went out there I kept saying it so it just kept me kind of focused. I really wanted the ball, and I wanted to get it done for this team and these seniors and to be able to do that is a blessing", said Torrence.
As for where this win ranks in the pantheon of Patrick Murphy postseason victories, he's got it towards the top.
"In a regional win, It's pretty high, really high, to be able to do it without Montana (Fouts) for four games, it's just a pretty good feat", said Murphy.
Murphy will be coaching in his 6th career Super Regional, as the Crimson Tide are set to host 12th seeded Northwestern, champions of the Big 10, right back inside Rhoads Stadium next week.