Alabama Softball Blanks Devilettes
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.
BamaMag Top Stories
Crimson & Blue Chips: October 28The CABC podcast caps the week with a look at what needs to happen during the bye week, looking back at the 8-0 start and the latest in Alabama recruiting.
'Bama Football Recruiting Q&A - 10/28Alabama had a huge recruiting weekend ahead of its bye week and it looks like the beginning of the home stretch towards another No. 1 class. Dig into the latest in this week's…
With Alabama Open, SEC Has Blah WeekLook for Auburn and Tennessee to win in romps this week
Brannon adjusting to Bama projected positionAlabama hosted a bevy of commitments over the weekend during its win over Texas A&M including Hunter Brannon, who is adjusting well to the position UA envisions him at.
BamaMagYesterday at 9:46 AM