Hunt's Clutch Hit Puts Tide By LSU

For the first time this year, the Alabama softball team went to the final at-bat trailing and was able to pull out a win Saturday afternoon at Rhoads Stadium. The Crimson Tide had a dramatic final inning to defeat LSU and clinch the series victory with one game to play.

Alabama trailed LSU by 1-0 going to the bottom of the seventh inning. Tigers pitcher Ashley Czechner, who came into the game with a 6-6 record, had shut down the Bama offense through six innings.

Designated hitter Jaclyn Traina led off the inning with a hard hit ball off the glove of LSU's third baseman. Pinch-hitter Danielle Richard hit a ground ball to second. The toss to the shortstop, who was trying to rush in hopes of a double play relay, was bobbled and Traina was safe. Danae Hays, who was 2-2 at the plate going to the seventh, sacrificed the runners to third and second.

LSU made the correct decision to then walk Bama's Haylie McCleney, loading the bases.

Andrea Hawkins followed with a long fly out to right field, with Traina tagging at third and scoring the tying run and both Richard and McCleney moving up a base.

For some reason LSU elected to pitch to Tide senior Kaila Hunt.

Hunt, who ranks second all-time in runs batted in for Alabama, added another as her line drive went over the LSU right-fielder's head and Richard came home with the winning run.

Fifth-ranked Alabama is now 30-5 overall and 10-1 in Southeastern Conference play. LSU fell to 19-13 overall and 2-6 in the league.

Bama has now won all four of its SEC series this season, clinching all but one of them in two games.

The game was just the second this year when Bama was able to win despite being out-hit by the opponent. LSU had a season-best 10 hits in a conference game, but Alabama pitchers Leslie Jury and Sydney Littlejohn stranded 12 Tigers. Freshman Littlejohn (6-0) earned the win in relief, throwing in the top of the seventh before Alabama's rally in the bottom half of the inning. LSU left two on in the top of the seventh.

Sahvanna Jaquish plated LSU's only run with a third-inning RBI single.

Alabama had its chances before the Tide's final at-bat. Bama put two runners on base in the third, fourth, and fifth innings.

Game three of the series is set for a 1:05 p.m. CT first pitch on Sunday, March 30. The game will be aired on Fox Sports South

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