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Five-run sixth sends Tide softball’s season to brink

first_imgAlabama infielder Marisa Runyon strikes out with the bases loaded during Friday’s NCAA Super Regional softball game against Oklahoma on Friday in Tuscaloosa.Alabama infielder Marisa Runyon strikes out with the bases loaded during Friday’s NCAA Super Regional softball game against Oklahoma on Friday in Tuscaloosa.TUSCALOOSA – Alexis Osorio was her normal lights-out self through the first five innings Friday afternoon.Then, as night fell over Rhoads Stadium and the stadium lights came on, Oklahoma’s bats came alive just in time.Sooners senior slugger Lauren Chamberlain, the NCAA’s all-time home-run leader, added to her career total with a two-run bomb in the top of the sixth to spark a five-run frame and Oklahoma rallied for a 5-2 victory Friday night in the first game of the Tuscaloosa Super Regional.“She did a good job of holding herself up for sure, and she held her composure,” Chamberlain said of Osorio. “But I think it’s just knowing the game, and the later it gets, it gets tougher for a pitcher.”In all, Osorio surrendered five earned runs on four hits in the sixth for her worst single inning of her rookie season. It’s the most Osorio has given up in an inning since allowing four in the fourth inning of an 11-5 loss to Texas A&M on March 29. Osorio also gave up four in the third inning against Stanford early in the season.“You’ve got to stop the bleeding, because five runs is a big inning to me, and usually the team that has a big inning is going to end up winning,” Crimson Tide coach Patrick Murphy said. “You can’t give up five to a good team like that.”It was Osorio’s first loss since a 3-2 defeat April 23 against Tennessee.“She’ll come back bigger and better tomorrow (today),” Murphy said.If Alabama (45-13) is going to make its third straight Women’s College World Series, it must win Game 2, scheduled for 4 p.m. today, and then take the winner-take-all Game 3, tentatively set for 7 p.m. later today.“We were starting to run out of outs, and you could feel that, but we were really trying to catch the code on Osorio,” Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso said. “I felt like I was at the College World Series, without question, (with) this atmosphere and intensity. It was fun though.”Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time the Tide will face this sort of situation, having lost to Stanford 5-2 in the first game of the 2011 Super Regional before winning both Friday games, 10-0 and 1-0.“We told them exactly what happened (against Stanford) and the next day we came out with a big crowd, everybody was behind us, we stayed out all day long, and we won two games” Murphy said. “It was an awesome day. And that’s what we’re going to do tomorrow. We’re going to stay out here as long as we need to and win two games.”Unflappable throughout much of her freshman season, Osorio had a no-hitter going into the sixth after mowing through Oklahoma’s lineup the first two times up.But that third round did her in.Following a pinch-hit single by leadoff hitter Callie Parsons for the Sooners’ first hit of the night, Chamberlain turned on a 2-0 pitch and sent it screaming over the left-field wall to tie the game at 2-2.“She had me the first two, and I was just thinking, ‘She’s got to be getting tired at some point,’” Chamberlain said, “and I tried to lay off the balls, but I knew too that she was going to come and bring me my pitch.”The Sooners (49-7) kept coming as slugger Shelby Pendley walked on five pitches, and Erin Miller reached on a bunt single before the first out on a sacrifice bunt moved both in scoring position.Osorio’s counterpart in the circle, Oklahoma freshman ace Paige Parker, helped her own cause with an RBI sacrifice to center for the 3-2 lead.After surrendering a pair of doubles to the first three Alabama batters, including an RBI double by Jadyn Spencer in the bottom of the first, and a solo home run to Haylie McCleney in the third, Parker settled down.“We wanted to jump out on them early, and it was good we showed a sense of urgency in the first inning,” McCleney said. “(But) we should have done more in the early innings and not waited until the seventh to get something going.”Parker earned the win by allowing just a single walk between the fourth and sixth innings before Alabama fought back in the bottom of the seventh.Following a leadoff single from Tide senior Danielle Richard, Alabama loaded the bases with a two-out walk to McCleney on four pitches and a hit-by-pitch for Spencer.But even with leading home-run hitter Marisa Runyon up to bat, representing the potential game-winning run, Parker battled through a nine-pitch at bat before catching Runyon swinging to end the threat, and the game.“Most of the time she’s going to come through, and she battled, and it was just a good fight at the end,” Murphy said of Runyon. “I wish we would have done that the last three innings instead of just the last inning.” No. 6 seed Alabama (45-13) vs. No. 11 seed Oklahoma (49-7) WHEN: 4 p.m. today, and then at 7 p.m. if necessaryWHERE: Rhoads Stadium, TuscaloosaON THE AIR: TV — (Game 2) ESPN; (Game 3 if necessary) ESPN2NOTEWORTHY: A third inning solo homer by Haylie McCleney, made her the first Tide player since Amanda Locke in 2012 to hit a home run in four straight games. All five of McCleney’s hits so far in the NCAA Tournament have been home runs. … Oklahoma senior infielder Lauren Chamberlain broke the NCAA career home run record this season on April 30 with her 91st career homer against North Texas. This breaks Stacey Nuveman’s long-standing record of 90, which was set 13 years ago. Chamberlain had a two-run homer against Alabama on Friday to increase her total of 21 on the season. … Oklahoma freshman Paige Parker is a top three finalist for freshman of the year and leads the pitching staff with a 28-5 record.Go Mobile, Montgomery! Download our apps herelast_img read more

Bodoland Tourism introduced to South Indian tourism market

first_imgAssam’s Bodoland, better known for its wildlife culture, made its debut as a tourist destination to the South Indian market at an event organized by India International Travel Mart (IITM) in Bangalore.Bhuma Rani Bargayary, Assistant Tourist Information Officer, Department of Tourism, Bodoland said, “This is the first time we are participating in South India. The awareness level among travels from South India is picking up after we started receiving people from last season.”It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sheltering many wild animals and birds such as one-horned rhino, panther, Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Asiatic water buffaloes, etc. Rare and endangered species of birds like the Bengal Florican and the hornbill are sheltered there. There are more than 450 bird species here.“Bodoland is an upcoming tourist destination. We are a territorial council within the state of Assam. We mostly promote wildlife with Manas National Park being our main product,” said Bhuma.Bhuma said that the landscape of Manas is marked by three different moods as a result of its seasons and the ensuing burst of colors is a treat for the eye.“Mana has three different moods. When the monsoons begin in July, the wild grasses (elephant grasses) grow very tall and by November, the Forest Department burns them, making it look barren. The new shoots that come up draw herbivores for grazing and hence, there are more sightings of animals such as spotted deer, swamp deer, and birds. As the shoots grow taller, it is a different beauty altogether. In February and March, the orchids and silk cotton plants start to bloom. When the cotton plants start blooming, the entire forest turns red and when the cotton starts to break in March and April, they flutter all over making the expanse look like a white carpet.”For butterfly lovers, there are more than 400 different species of butterflies in the reserve forest of Ultapani.There is also the Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary which promotes to conserve the Golden Langur.Bodoland Tourism has planned to cultivate the paragliding in Chakrashila, which will be open for tourists from the next season.Besides this, the Mahamaya temple draws many pilgrims in the Bodoland from all over.The nearest airport is Guwahati, which is about a three-hour drive.last_img read more