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Oklahoman Published: May 25, 2000

Tide not satisfied

The Alabama coaches have warned the players: Don't be satisfied with the Crimson Tide's first ever appearance at the WCWS.

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  • "You can't just be happy to be here," Alabama coach Pat Murphy said. "We have to guard against that."

    But how can you? How can you when the painting on the outfield grass and the name "Alabama" on the outfield fence and the whole thing sends chills up the players' spines?

    "It's obviously gonna be a wide-eyed experience," Alabama junior Kelly Kretschman said. "I think our reality check is when we walked in the hotel and Washington was sittin' in the lobby just chillin'. We were like, "Oooo.' "

    Kretschman smiled.

    "We're just excited to be walking in the hotel."

    Not getting old

    With the exception of UCLA's suspension year in 1998, the Bruins' five-year seniors have played in the WCWS every year.

    You'd think the whole thing might get old.

    But you'd think wrong.

    "Anytime you step on the field, especially in something like this, you've gotta be excited," senior Julie Adams said. "If you're not excited, something's wrong."

    Bruins better?

    As good as UCLA is, the Bruins could be better. Two Olympians better.

    Outfielder Christie Ambrosi and catcher Stacey Nuveman had college eligibility remaining but left the team this season to play for the U.S. Olympic team.

    Ambrosi has surrendered her amateur status, opting to accept financial compensation and give up her final year of collegiate eligibility. Nuveman, on the other hand, is redshirting. She plans to return to UCLA next season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

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