Two Grand Slams Key Softball Win

Marisa Runyon and Chaunsey Bell clubbed grand slam home runs and Sydney Littlejohn returned to action with five innings of a nifty pitching as the Alabama softball team reached the midway point of its 10-game homestand with an 11-0 win over Georgia Tech at Rhoads Stadium Wednesday.

Littlejohn, who has pitched two perfect games this year, had been mysteriously absent from the recent pitching rotation, although Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said there was no problem with the sophomore. She improved her record to 8-1 as she tossed four perfect innings before giving up a hit in the fifth. Leslie Jury pitched the last inning in relief.

Alabama had three home runs Wednesday with Danae Hays starting things off with a two-run homer in the first inning. It was the first time Alabama has had multiple grand slams in a game since May 3, 2008, and the three home runs in a game ties the high mark this season.

Fifth-ranked Alabama improved its record to 23-7. The Crimson Tide is 6-3 in Southeastern Conference play. Georgia Tech fell to 11-21.

The Crimson Tide returns to SEC play this weekend, hosting the Texas A&M Aggies for a three-game series starting Friday. The games will be available online only on the SEC Network + on WatchESPN.com. Friday’s game begins at 6:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30.

The Bama the offense broke through in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring nine runs to earn the run-rule victory. Runyon’s grand slam in the fifth -- her second of the year – keyed a five-run fifth. Bell, pinch-hitting with the bases loaded, end the game with the first of her career in her senior season.

Before allowing a hit in the fifth inning, Littlejohn had retired 28 consecutive batters in Rhoads Stadium this season. The batter, Courtney Ziese, attempted to stretch her hit into a double and was out at second. Littlejohn, who struck out three, thus faced the minimum of 15 batters in her five innings.

Demi Turner and Andrea Hawkins had two hits each for Bama.

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