Alabama Softball Falls At Fordham

What was Alabama thinking with this schedule? Field trip? The Crimson Tide softball team got a brief reward for winning the Southeastern Conference championship on Sunday by flying to New York. But there was a quality team to be played at The Bronx, and it was somewhat predictable that Bama might not be at the top of its game.



In ordinary circumstances, Coach Patrick Murphy's Alabama team would be expected top take care of Fordham in short order. But the third-ranked Crimson Tide was almost certainly emotionally and physically depleted after having to win Saturday and Sunday games against Florida to take the SEC title. As a result, the third-ranked Bama team was upset by Fordham, 8-5, at Murphy (not named for Alabama's coach) Field in the final regular season game of the year.

After the loss the Crimson Tide moves to 47-7 while the Rams improve to 31-24.

Next up for Alabama is much more important business, the SEC Tournament. The Tide will host the eight-team tournament at Rhoads Stadium Thursday through Saturday.

Bama is the number one seed and will host Mississippi State at 7 p.m. CDT Thursday. ESPN will televise the game.

Despite outhitting Fordham, 12-7, Alabama was unable to retake the lead in a back-and-forth game, bringing the tying run to the plate in the seventh inning. The win for Fordham was its first over a ranked opponent on its home field in school history.

Junior Courtney Conley led the Tide with three hits while senior Amanda Locke and sophomores Kaila Hunt and Ryan Iamurri tallied two hits apiece. Hunt had a home run.

Freshman Leslie Jury was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs on four hits in four innings. Locke allowed two runs on three hits in two innings of relief. Fordham ace Jen Mineau allowed five runs on 10 hits before leaving the game with an injury after tossing 4 1/3 innings. Taylor Pirone (4-5) earned the win on the strength of 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

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