Tide Softball Wins Two In Bama Bash

The No. 3 ranked Alabama softball team used some late inning heroics to earn two wins Saturday at the Bama Bash. The Crimson Tide downed Syracuse, 9-0 in five innings to open the day and then mounted a five-run comeback to seal a 9-8 win over Louisville. After the day, Alabama improves to 9-0 on the season.

"You are always curious at this point early on in the season to see how the team is going to respond to adversity," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "The team responded really well and I would have been happy regardless of the outcome."

Alabama scored 18 runs on the day and smashed six home runs. Sophomore Keima Davis and junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia both went deep twice, while Reilly-Boccia drove in six. Senior Kelsi Dunne earned the win in both contests to improve to 5-0 on the season.

Game 1

Alabama senior pitcher Kelsi Dunne surrendered just one hit and struck out 13 in five innings to lead the Tide to a 9-0, five-inning win over Syracuse Saturday afternoon. The run-rule victory was the sixth on the season for Alabama and the fourth in a row.

Once again Alabama used the quick strike to seize the early lead. After junior Jennifer Fenton walked and senior Whitney Larsen reached on an error, junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia took advantage by hitting a lined-shot over the right field wall to give the Tide a 3-0 lead.

The long-ball trend continued in the third when junior Kendall Dawson went deep. Dawson gave Alabama a 5-0 lead when she hit a two-run homer to center to bring home sophomore Courtney Conley.

The Tide wrapped up the scoring when it plated four unearned runs in the fourth inning. Conley supplied the big hit in the inning when she ripped a double to the left-centerfield wall, bringing home sophomore Keima Davis.

Game 2

In the second game of the doubleheader, Alabama rallied from a five-run deficit to defeat Louisville, 9-8. Sophomore Keima Davis slammed her first two homers of the season to help the Tide remain a perfect 9-0 on the season.

After falling behind early in the third inning, 5-1, the Tide was able to cut the lead down to two by the fifth. Junior Jennifer Fenton hit a deep ball out into center field on an error that scored Davis in the fourth. In the top half of the fifth, freshman Jackie Traina hit a solo shot over the right field wall to cut it to 5-3.

The Cardinals responded with a three-run fifth inning to increase their lead to 8-3. That's when the Tide got the ball rolling. In the sixth inning, Davis hit her first career home run followed by a three-run shot by junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia to make the score 8-7.

Senior Kelsi Dunne came in the sixth inning to relieve sophomore Lauren Sewell. Dunne recorded three strikeouts in two innings.

In the seventh inning, freshman Kaila Hunt pinched-hit for freshman Ryan Iammuri, and was able to get on base via walk. That's when Davis decided to hit her second home run of the game to give the Tide the 9-8 lead.

Dunne was able to hold off Louisville's bats in the final inning to secure the win. This was the first time the Tide had trailed all season.

The Crimson Tide will close out the Bama Bash Sunday taking on the Syracuse Orange. First pitch is schedule for 1 p.m. CST at Rhoads Stadium.

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