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Alabama defeats Duke: stays alive in College Softball World Series

On Friday the University of Alabama softball team defeated Duke 2 to 1 in what was an elimination game. The win improves Alabama to 1 and 1 in College World Series play.

Alabama will play the loser of Saturday's Florida versus Texas game next. That game will be on Sunday June 2 at 2:00 p.m. and will be televised on ABC.

Alabama improves to 39 and 19 on the season with the win over Duke.

Marlie Giles was the batting heroine of the game.

She hit a double in the first inning driving in Kenleigh Cahalan for the Tide to open up a 1 to 0 lead.

Duke tied it up in the second inning.

In the sixth inning Giles hit a home run that gave the Tide a 2 to 1 lead and ultimately the win.

Kayla Beaver got the win on the mound with another stellar performance when she came in as a reliever. Jocelyn Briski pitched the first three innings.

The sixth inning homerun was the second that Giles has hit in World Series play, as she also hit one last year against Tennessee.

The Tide's long time Head Coach is Patrick Murphy

"Marlie Giles saw the ball as big as a basketball tonight," said Murphy. "It was perfect timing, we had a runner on and she gets the double and the next time she hit a home run."

Alabama has advanced to the third game of the College World Series. This is Alabama's 15th College World Series – all of them under the helm of Murphy. They won the national title in 2012.

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