The name of the game is survive

Alabama Athletics Communications

Alabama was a tad disappointed when its No. 10 seed was announced, but the focus is on getting back to work.

First we want to send congratulations to the 64 teams who made it into the 2013 NCAA tournament. For the Alabama softball program, this makes 15 in a row. Our coaches, players and staff couldn’t be more excited.

Before practice Sunday, Coach Murphy showed us a video of the Utica College softball team during the Div. III selection show a couple of weeks ago. The players sat with anticipation knowing they were on the bubble, and when their name was called the team went crazy. They were so excited even though they would have to play one of the top seeds in the tournament.

During our selection show, we had a similar sense of anticipation, yet we were on the bubble of the top eight, which holds the possibility of eventually hosting a Super Regional. When we were announced as the 10 seed, a bit of disappointment filled the room. But then we remembered the Utica team and how special getting into this tournament really is.

The slate has been wiped clean. What we did before this weekend means absolutely nothing. The regular season has ended and a new season has begun: the postseason. We control our own destiny.

So this week we get back to work. We have a tough regional with Jacksonville State, Western Kentucky and South Carolina Upstate, who will all be well-prepared for us. From now on, the name of the game is survive and advance one game, one at-bat and one pitch at a time. Let’s go!

Roll Tide and see you out there.