Richard Leads Tide Softball To Win

Alabama closed out its weekend at the Easton Bama Bash with a 6-1 win over Lipscomb, ending the weekend at 2-2. Both Bama losses came at the hands of fifth-ranked Michigan.

Alabama (13-3) freshman Alexis Osorio (5-1) got the win in the circle for Alabama, throwing a complete game on 101 pitches with just two hits and one run allowed.

Danielle Richard led the Tide on offense as she celebrated her senior day tying a career-high four RBI, which she originally set earlier this season against Florida Gulf Coast in week one. Haylie McCleney scored three of the Tide’s six runs and went 2-3 at the plate. Senior Chaunsey Bell had the big hit of the day for Alabama with a solo homer, her first of the season.

For their play over the weekend, Richard and Chandler Dare were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Lipscomb starter Tanner Sanders (3-5) took the complete-game loss for the Bison, while Paige Neely drove in the lone run.

Playing as the designated away team, Bell put Alabama on the board first with a towering solo homer to lead off the top of the second. Neely tied it up for Lipscomb with two outs in the bottom of the third, as the pulled an RBI single through the right side to score Brittany Elmore from second base.

Richard broke the tie in the next half-inning, hitting a high fly ball to left field with the bases loaded to allow Demi Turner to tag up and score from third on the sacrifice fly. Danae Hays was walked to load the bases yet again and Bell followed with her second RBI of the day on a sacrifice fly to score McCleney and make it 3-1.

Richard added a pair in the top of the fifth with a two-run single and tacked on another in the top of the seventh with a sacrifice fly to swell the lead to 6-1 heading to the final half-inning. A flyout and strikeout quickly brought the Bison to their final out and a bloop single fell between a trio of Tide fielders, but the Lipscomb runner was tagged out trying to advance to second for the final out of the game.

Next up, Alabama will head to Jacksonville State (9-6) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CST.

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