That was the double whammy of being sent to Alabama that year. They had two great pitchers but not a lot of hitting, which is why their hosting streak of 12 years (now 16 tournaments) remained intact. There were maybe two other teams in the entire field with the level of pitching Alabama had that year. We would have beat 13 of the 16 seeds on the road, and probably all of them at home. Alabama just happened to be one of the three with two such high quality pitchers that it took a team that had not faced that level of pitching all year maybe six at bats to start selecting the right pitches and squaring up some balls. But because they had two aces, we never got comfortable enough to do so.Prairie View may be
Speaking of Alabama, didn't Okla State or some team like that sneak into Tuscaloosa a few years ago and beat ALA? Or was that a super regional? I think Allister & Groenewegen were let down not so much by ALA's 'fixing,' as some called it, and the lousy umpiring, but most of all by Gophers hitters, who failed to produce a single run in 2 games v. ALA. Speaking of Prairie View being "the worst team in the tournament," I hold my breath with the Gophers; they've proven they can beat almost anybody and also lose to anybody. They beat top teams in the BIG (NW, MI, IL), but also lost to lowly Iowa, the worst team in the BIG, incredibly blowing an 8-2 lead in the space of 4 innings.
If you recall, we did have bases loaded with Houlihan up and she just got out of the way of a high inside pitch that if it had brushed her probably would have won the game for us the way Groenewegen was dealing.