Tide Rolls To Mercy Softball Victory

Playing the last non-conference game of the regular season is not really much of a milestone, particularly when one team is very, very good and one team not so much. Alabama hosted Southern Miss in the final mid-week, non-Southeastern Conference game of the year and the result was somewhat predictable.

Alabama, the defending national champion, is ranked fourth in the nation. Southern Miss is last in its league, and its league is Conference USA.

Alabama turned in a mercy rule 11-0 victory in five innings at Rhoads Stadium as the Crimson Tide improved to 38-6 this season. Southern Miss fell to 11-33.

Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy substituted liberally, so that the leading Bama hitter was Kayla Braud, who was 2-2 with two runs scored and a stolen base in limited action. The Crimson Tide scored its 11 runs on just nine hits.

Senior Lauren Sewell (8-0) earned the win, tossing four shutout innings before giving way to junior All-America Jackie Traina. Sewell allowed just one hit, walked three and struck out one in the winning effort.

Alabama batted around the order in the first inning to take an early 4-0 lead. A junior Kaila Hunt bloop single started the scoring and then back-to-back sacrifice flies carried the lead to 3-0. The Tide tacked on one more when Hunt scored on an error.

The Tide plated one more in the second to make it 5-0 when freshman Haylie McCleney singled up the middle to score Braud. The senior started the inning with a bunt single and a stolen base.

UA added two more in the third to take a 7-0 lead. Sophomore Danae Hays got the inning going with a double to left-center to score senior Keima Davis and then Hays later scored on an error.

Two home runs and a run on an illegal pitch in the fourth inning concluded the scoring for the Tide. Junior Jordan Patterson connected on her second home run and then after a Sewell single, sophomore Jadyn Spencer drilled a two-run shot to make it 10-0. Freshman pinch-hitter Kallie Case hit her first career triple and then scored on an illegal pitch.

Alabama will cap off its home-stand against SEC Western Division foe Mississippi State in a three game weekend series. The two teams will get the weekend started on Friday at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

The Bulldogs are coached by Vann Stuedeman, a former Bama assistant coach.

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