Perfect Games Gets Tide Pitcher SEC Honor

One might think that throwing a perfect game might earn an Alabama softball player the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week Award. It did that for Crimson Tide sophomore Sydney Littlejohn...sort of.

Sydney Littlejohn, a sophomore from Rusk, Texas, had her first start for Alabama against Eastern Kentucky in the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores last week and had a perfect game -- only the second in Crimson Tide softball history.

For that, Littlejohn earned co-SEC Pitcher of the Week with Kentucky's Kelsey Nunley.

In throwing the perfect game, Littlejohn struck out a career-high eight batters, over half of the 15 batters in the game that was shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. Alabama, now 6-0 on the season, took an 8-0 victory in Littlejohn's perfect game.

Bama's only other perfect game was pitched on April 1, 2006, against Kentucky by Stephanie VanBrakle, who is now the Tide pitching coach. Littlejohn had the 23rd no-hitter in Bama history, the first since then-freshman Jaclyn Traina did so against Jackson State on May 20, 2011.

Littlejohn earned her second win of the weekend on Sunday against McNeese, throwing five shutout innings while allowing just five singles against the Cowgirl offense. Over the weekend, she struck out 10 batters over 10 shutout innings pitched.

This is Littlejohn’s second career weekly conference honor, though it is her first Pitcher of the Week award. She was named Freshman of the Week on May 5 last season after helping clinch the Tide’s fifth SEC Championship in the final weekend of the regular season at Missouri. This is Alabama’s first Pitcher of the Week award since Traina won on March 24, 2014.

Alabama will be at Samford in Birmingham at 6 p.m. CST Wednesday.

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