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Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy has a favorite YouTube video he likes to show at coaches clinics that has nothing to do with softball.

He shows a clip from a choir room.

In it, Keala Settle, who starred as the bearded lady in the 2017 movie "The Greatest Showman," sings the film's anthem for the first time in front of the chorus and Hugh Jackman. She had never sung "This is Me" for others, and at first, she somewhat hid behind the music stand as she fought nerves.

As the song progresses, she can't help but move out from behind the stand, join the other singers and belt out the song.

"What I say is, once on stage, own the damn stage," Murphy told The Tuscaloosa News. "It came from that (video). So when we are on a big stage this weekend and we’re on the stage, you're going to own the damn stage."

Alabama is one of eight teams in the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The Crimson Tide (50-7) and Arizona (41-13) will play the third game of the day on Thursday (6 p.m. CT, ESPN). The tournament will be double-elimination until the championship series that is best-of-three.

Alabama and Murphy know Arizona and its coach Mike Candrea well.

The two coaches have faced each other 15 times since 1999. Candrea is coaching the Wildcats for his 36th season. He's the all-time leader for NCAA softball coaches in wins, championships and WCWS appearances.

"Awesome person to talk to," Murphy said. "He’ll pick up the phone anytime I have a question about anything. He’s always willing to teach and talk. Just a great guy."

Back when Be Like Mike was a popular Michael Jordan advertisement, Murphy had a different Mike in mind.

"I wanted to be like Mike Candrea," Murphy said. "He was there every year. Just incredible program. All-time winningest coach. You could go on and on and on."

And some of those years in Oklahoma City, Candrea has had to face Murphy's Crimson Tide. In four WCWS matchups, Alabama has won three times, the most recent a 2-0 shutout in 2019.

The Crimson Tide certainly wouldn't mind the same result.

Alabama has elite pitching in Montana Fouts. Arizona has some powerful bats with four double-digit home run hitters. The two ingredients make for a quality softball matchup on a national stage.

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This article originally ran on annistonstar.com.

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