Littlejohn Has Perfect Game Win For Tide

Alabama sophomore Sydney Littlejohn pitched a perfect game in the Crimson Tide’s second game of the season and first game of the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores Friday.

Alabama took an 8-0 win over Eastern Kentucky in the mercy rule five-inning game as Littlejohn became the second player in Crimson Tide history to record a perfect game. She joined her Bama pitching coach, Stephanie VanBrakle, in the historic achievement.

In retiring all 15 batters she faced, Littlejohn registered a career high eight strikeouts. The sophomore hurler retired five batters through the air and worked a pair of groundouts.

VanBrakle got her perfect game on April 1, 2006 vs. Kentucky.

Following the afternoon’s 8-0 victory over Eastern Kentucky, the third-ranked Crimson Tide took a 6-2 victory over the Houston Cougars.

Alabama wasted no time building a lead for Littlejohn, as the Tide jumped out to a quick 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the first. Junior Haylie McCleney led off the contest with a bunt single, and came around to score on Danielle Richard’s RBI-triple two batters later.

McCleney went 3-3 with a pair of RBI doubles, and a stolen base to lead the Crimson Tide’s offensive attack.

Against Houston in the second game of the double header, freshman Alexis Osorio struck out 12 Cougars batters, while allowing just 2 runs on five hits and a walk in a complete seven-inning win. Osorio (2-0) retired 16 consecutive Houston batters before allowing a two-out double in the top of the 6th.

Alabama fell behind 1-0 in the first, but rallied to claim its second come-from-behind victory in the first three games.

Alabama erased its early deficit with a three-run second, highlighted by senior Dane Hays’ go-ahead, two-run double to right. Hays finished the day 2-2 and has now collected a team-leading five runs batted in RBI. Haylie McCleney (2-4, 1 RBI), Chaunsey Bell (2-2, 1 RBI 1 BB) and Demi Turner (2-2, 1 RBI, 1 R) also turned in two-hit performances for the Tide. McCleney and Turner have each racked up a team-best seven hits.

Alabama continues play Saturday vs. Florida Gulf Coast (3 p.m. CST) and Florida International (6 p.m.), before closing out the tournament on Sunday against McNeese (1 p.m.).


BamaMag Top Stories