Alabama (32-9) earned its third straight run-rule victory with another strong offensive performance, led by Marisa Runyon’s 3-3 performance with five RBI, including a pair of doubles. Carrigan Fain went 2-3 batting eighth, hitting her second home run in as many games.
Starter Alexis Osorio exited after just one inning after being hit by a single, as Sydney Littlejohn (14-1) earned the win in relief, throwing four hitless innings with just one unearned run allowed. The win stretches Alabama’s streak to 27 consecutive innings without surrendering an earned run.
UAB (26-14) only tallied two hits in the loss, scoring one unearned run in the third inning. The Blazers were outscored 24-1 over two games played against the Crimson Tide this season. Starter Madison Hir (3-4) threw 1 2/3 innings in the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned, on six hits including two doubles and a homer.
Alabama put a crooked number on the scoreboard in the first, scoring seven runs to take an early lopsided lead. After back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, Haylie McCleney drove in one with an RBI single and Runyon later tacked on two more with a two-run double to make it 3-0. Leona Lafaele drove her in with another double to make it 4-0 and Fain cleared the bases with a two-run homer that clanked off the foul pole in left field, stretching the lead to 6-0. A bunt single by Demi Turner led to a throwing error, allowing Jadyn Spencer to score and make it 7-0. Turner was tagged out at third base on the play however, ending the big inning for Alabama.
Alabama starter Osorio was struck by a hard-hit single by Amy Dennis to lead off the top of the second, forcing her to leave the game though she walked off the field under her own power. Littlejohn entered to pitch
The Tide nearly matched its first inning output in the second inning, scoring six additional runs to swell the lead to 13-0. Runyon got things started with her second double of the day, driving in three runs. Danielle Richard followed with another double to score Runyon and give Alabama an 11-0 lead. Fain drove Richard in with an RBI double and later with the bases loaded, Chandler Dare added another with a sac fly RBI to make it 13-0.
UAB broke into the run column in the top of the third, as two errors on one play allowed the runner to come all the way home from first, making it 13-1. Alabama regained its 13-run lead in the bottom half on an RBI single by Spencer, as that score proved final with the Tide taking the convincing 14-1 lead.
Alabama will play a second midweek game tomorrow in Tuscaloosa, welcoming NC State at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be aired live on the SEC Network.