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.).

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