Tide completes sweep of Wildcats

The No. 18 ranked (ESPN.com/USA Softball) University of Alabama softball team (25-10, 8-1 SEC) wasted no time in going for the sweep of the Kentucky Wildcats (9-21, 1-11), scoring six times in the first inning en route to an 8-2 victory over UK.

Jackie Wilkins led off and reached on an error by the shortstop. Ashley Courtney followed and reached on a bunt single sending Wilkins to third. McClain ripped a single back up the middle scoring Wilkins and she and Courtney advanced a base on a wild pitch. Starting pitcher Stephanie VanBrakle drew a walk loading the bases and Lacy Prejean singled scoring Courtney for a 2-0 Alabama lead. Following a Staci Ramsey line out, and a Jennifer Reach walk that scored McClain, Dominique Accetturo roped a double into left field emptying the bases for a 6-0 Alabama lead.

Wildcat catcher Lyndsey Angus got the Cats on the board in the top of the fourth inning when she hit her second home run of the weekend to cut the lead to 6-1.

Alabama then took advantage of a couple Kentucky miscues in the bottom of the fifth inning scoring two more runs for an 8-1 lead.

Kentucky closed out the scoring with a run in the top of the sixth for the final 8-2 margin.

Accetturo, Prejean and Courtney paced the Tide offensively with each collecting two hits including Accetturo going 2-3 with three RBI. McClain continued her torrid hitting against the Wildcats going 1-2 with a run scored and a RBI. She finished the series going 5-8 (.625) with two home runs and five RBI.

VanBrakle (7-3) picked up the win, going all seven innings, scattering five hits while striking out a career high 12 batters.

The Crimson Tide, coming off a five-game home stand, returns to the road this week to take on La.-Lafayette followed by a three-game series in Baton Rouge with SEC West division rival LSU.

Game Notes

  • Jennifer Reach extended her hit streak to eight games.
  • Stephanie VanBrakle struck out a career high 12 batters.
  • Alabama is now 17-0 all-time against Kentucky.
  • Jackie McClain has recorded an RBI in her fourth straight game.

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