Tide Softball Has 15-Run Inning, Easy Win

After heavy rain and hail delayed the originally scheduled start time by over an hour, Alabama’s offense came alive in a 17-0 five-inning run-rule drubbing of Mississippi Valley State Tuesday at Rhoads Stadium.

The 17 runs scored were the most by Alabama (26-8) since defeating Western Illinois 21-0 on Feb. 22, 2013. Fifteen of the Tide’s runs came in a big third inning, as 20 Tide batters got an at-bat in the half-inning. Six of Alabama’s 14 hits were doubles, which is tied for the third most in a single game.

Demi Turner went 3-4 in the leadoff spot, scoring twice and driving in a run, while Marisa Runyon and Jadyn Spencer each had multi-hit games with Runyon driving in four runs.

Tide pitcher Leslie Jury (5-3) faced just one batter over the minimum, striking out nine over five shutout innings.

  Mississippi Valley State (8-27) starter Sydney Coe (1-8) lasted two innings in the circle while reliever Rebekah Clinton failed to record an out while allowing eight earned runs in the big third inning.

  Alabama is scheduled to play a second midweek game on Wednesday against Southern Miss (16-18) at 6 p.m. CDT in Tuscaloosa.

  Turner led off the bottom of the first with a single, stole second and then came all the way home on a wild pitch to quickly make it 1-0. Alabama would get two more on base but a lineout to third base started a 5-4-3 triple play to end the inning. The Tide doubled its lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI triple by Runyon, making it 2-0.

  With two in scoring position and nobody out in the bottom of the third, Haylie McCleney poked a double into left field to drive the pair in and make it 4-0. Danae Hays followed with another hard double that banged off the wall in center field to drive in McCleney and make it 5-0. Back-to-back walks would load the bases and before three straight singles and an RBI groundout would double the lead to 10-0. A double steal would make it 11-0 and later, with the bases loaded, Runyon would rip a double down the right field line to score three and make it 14-0. A double by Spencer would score Runyon to make it 15-0 and, after a walk put two on base, Chandler Dare hit a double into the right field gap to score two and swell the lead to 17-0.

  The Delta Devilettes would go down in order in each of the next two innings as Alabama maintained the shutout, winning 17-0 in five innings.

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