Big inning defeats Lady Bucs

TUSCALOOSA, AL -- The No. 17 ranked University of Alabama softball team (39-16) used a four-run fourth inning to break open a 2-2 game and go on to a 6-3 win over the Chattanooga Lady Mocs (30-25).

Alabama jumped out to a two-run lead in the third inning, courtesy of a two-run home run from Ashley Courtney who hit her career high third home run of the season staking the Crimson Tide to a 2-0 lead.

The Lady Mocs tied the game in the top of the fourth on a bloop single from Teri Herbert that scored two runs, tying the game at 2-2.

The Tide answered in the bottom of the inning with a rally started by Tuscaloosa native Casey Cockrum. Cockrum drew a one-out walk, took second on a single from Jackie Wilkins and came in to score on a Jennifer Reach single up the middle. After Courtney popped out, Dominique Accetturo doubled back up the middle and then took third on a single from Jackie McClain. Staci Ramsey closed out the scoring when she singled to left scoring Accetturo putting Alabama on top 6-2.

The Crimson Tide pitching staff took over from there shutting Chattanooga down over the next two innings before running into a little trouble in the top of the seventh where they gave up a run on a hit and an Alabama error but that was all en route to the 6-3 victory.

Erin Wright (18-5) picked up the win going five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out four batters.

Three players led the Tide with multi-hit games including Jennifer Reach (2-4, two runs scored), Courtney (2-3) and Jackie Wilkins (2-3).

The Crimson Tide will continue its non-conference action this weekend when the team hosts the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a 12 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.

The doubleheader marks the Tide's final home games of the season and the team will celebrate Senior Day just prior to the start of the first game.

Game Notes

  • Ashley Courtney moves into eight place on the all-time Alabama RBI list.
  • Courtney hits first home run at home since Feb. 9, 2002 in the Bama Bash!
  • Staci Ramsey extends her hitting streak to five games.
  • Alabama takes the lead in all-time series with Chattanooga 3-2.

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