Alabama softball ambushes Florida, coach Murphy in SEC title game mauling

Patrick Murphy takes ice water bath after Tide wins SEC title (Daily Bama Blog photo)

Take a look over today’s print story dealing with Alabama’s softball SEC title it wrapped up yesterday …

TUSCALOOSA— Quietly stalking their prey, Jazlyn Lunceford and Cassie Reilly-Boccia crouched low, Gatorade bucket in hand.

Just as the TV interview ended, they pounced. A startled ESPN reporter was collateral damage when it was time for Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy’s ice-water bath.

It wasn’t the first ambush of the day, either.

The third-ranked Crimson Tide crushed No. 7 Florida 10-1 in the SEC tournament championship, becoming the first event host to celebrate at home. It was the fifth title in program history and the only the second to follow an SEC regular-season championship.

Murphy, the league coach of the year, knew something was up just before the water came his way Saturday afternoon.

“Well, (ESPN reporter) Holly Rowe asked some question that was totally off the wall,” Murphy said. “I think she was trying to get me to stay there for a while, stalling for the team.”

Before the soaking, Murphy took quite a risk. He opted to rest ace pitcher Jackie Traina instead of sending her out for third straight outing. The SEC pitcher of the year said she was sore before the game, so he sent Amanda Locke to the circle for only her fifth start.

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