Wednesday not only marked the beginning of the spring semester at The University of Alabama, but also the first team practice of the new year for the Crimson Tide softball team.

Wednesday’s practice begins a month of preparation before Alabama opens its 2019 season Feb. 8-10 in Troy, Ala., at the Troy University Tournament. After another weekend on the road at Arizona’s Hillenbrand Invitational, the Tide makes its home debut Feb. 22-24 hosting the Easton Bama Bash at Rhoads Stadium, facing Minnesota, Missouri State and ULM.

This year’s team includes 12 returnees from the 2018 squad that made its 20th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, winning a regional title for the 14th-consecutive season and maintaining its streak as the only program to appear in every NCAA Super Regional since the round’s inception in 2005. Joining them are seven newcomers, including freshmen Kloyee Anderson, Kayla Davis, Montana Fouts and Skylar Wallace and transfers Taylor Clark (Virginia Tech), Sarah Cornell (Hofstra) and Krystal Goodman (Chipola).

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