Alabama Softball Blanks Devilettes

Alabama softball earned a convincing win in its midweek matchup against Mississippi Valley State, shutting out the Devilettes 12-0 Tuesday night at Rhoads Stadium.

Alabama (21-4) delivered eight hits, with Kaila Hunt going 3-3 to extend her current reached-base streak to 19 games. Chandler Dare drove in a team-leading three RBI, including a two-run triple in the second inning.

Leslie Jury (9-2) went the distance in the circle, throwing her sixth shutout of the season with a season-high nine strikeouts.

Mississippi Valley State (2-18) earned one hit in the first inning and drew three walks, which accounted for their entire offensive effort. Starter Tenna Patterson (1-7) lasted three innings in the circle, allowing eight runs, six earned, in the loss.

Freshman Marisa Runyon put Alabama on the board with two outs in the first inning, launching a high triple to the right-field wall to drive in two and make the score 2-0. Another triple in the second inning, this time by Dare, doubled the Tide's lead to 4-0 and an Andrea Hawkins sacrifice fly pushed the lead to 5-0.

Alabama added three more in the bottom of the third, as a hit and two errors pushed Alabama's lead to 8-0, putting the Tide in position for the run-rule victory. The Tide added some serious insurance in the bottom of the fourth, plating four runs off a pair of hits, a bases-loaded walk and a bases-loaded groundout to move ahead 12-0. Jury struck out two, walked one and then struck out the final batter in the top of the fifth to secure the dominant victory.

This weekend, Alabama hits the road to take on the Ole Miss Rebels (15-9, 1-2 SEC) in Oxford, Miss., for a three-game series. Game one is set for 6 p.m. CT on Friday, March 14, with game two at 2 p.m. on Saturday and game three at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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