Alabama Softball Falls To Mizzou

When a team loses a game, a common declaration is that they can't wait to play again. Alabama's softball team lost to Missouri Saturday, and the Crimson Tide won't have to wait quite so long as expected to try to bounce back. That's because the final game in the three-game series, expected to begin at noon CDT Sunday, has been moved up with first pitch scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Alabama put itself in far too deep a hole and its final inning rally came up far short on Saturday. Missouri, ranked sixth in the nation, downed the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide, 9-4, to even the series at 1-1.

Bama's record fell to 34-6 overall and 9-5 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Tigers improved to 23-3 overall and 8-2 in the conference.

Alabama trailed 9-0 going to the bottom of the seventh and scored four runs and had the bases loaded. Missouri had already replaced starter Chelsea Thomas, but had to bring her back in to finish the game.

Thomas, one of the nation's top pitcher, has now pitched two games and is 14-2 on the season. Alabama rested Friday night's winning pitcher, Jackie Traina, who will be in the circle for the Tide Sunday.

The Tigers (23-3, 8-2 SEC) scored nine runs on 10 hits with three of the runs unearned. Missouri used a four-run third inning to take an early lead and then added a single run in the fourth, another in the sixth, and three more in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Thomas went 6 1/3 innings and did not allow a run. She gave up five hits and struck out two, including the final batter of the game.

Alabama sophomore Leslie Jury (11-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing nine runs - six earned -- in 6 2/3 innings.

Kayla Kingsley paced the Tigers with three hits and two runs while Emily Crane batted 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI. For Alabama, sophomore Jadyn Spencer batted 3-for-4 with a RBI while junior Kaila Hunt added a two-run home run.

Alabama tried to mount a comeback in the seventh, scoring four runs. Hunt got the bats started with a two-run homer with one out. Spencer followed with a RBI single with junior Jordan Patterson wrapping up the Alabama offense with a run on a fielder's choice.

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