Lafaele Has 5 RBI As Tide Tops Hogs

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Alabama took the lead in the first inning and never looked back Friday night against Arkansas, as the Crimson Tide earned a 9-1 win in the series opener on the road at Bogle Park.

The three game series continues today at 8 p.m. CDT with television coverage on ESPNU.

Alabama (39-11, 15-7 SEC) had 10 hits from six different batters, led by Kallie Case with a season high three hits in four at-bats. The junior came around to score after each hit.

Leona Lafaele drove in a career-high five runs, including a three-run homer in the top of the third inning. The team speed was also on display, as Alabama tied its season high with five stolen bases, the most in exactly one month for the Tide.

Starter Alexis Osorio (16-7) earned the win with 5 2/3 innings. She had eight strikeouts. Sydney Littlejohn threw the final 1 1/3 innings.

The Arkansas (16-35, 1-21 SEC) offense struggled to string any rallies together while starter Grace Moll (1-8) was hit hard in the loss, giving up eight runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings. The Razorbacks’ lone run came in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Jessica Harrison.

Back-to-back singles to lead off the game along with some heads-up base-running put two in scoring position for Alabama. Jadyn Spencer popped a bloop single down the first base line just past the infield dirt to drive in one and put runners at the corners. Lafaele would get her first RBI with a fielder’s choice to make it 2-0.

With a runner on second and two outs in the top of the third inning, Marisa Runyon was intentionally walked to get to Lafaele. She made the Razorbacks pay with a three-run homer to left field, making it 5-1.

Case started the top of the fifth with her third hit of the day and stole second. A hard grounder back to the pitcher looked to have Case caught in a rundown but she made it back to second base safely as Spencer was also standing at first base on the fielder’s choice. After a popup, Lafaele would drive one in on an RBI single to make it 6-1. After a stolen base put two in scoring position, Chaunsey Bell drove both in on a single through the right side to make it 8-1.

Alabama tacked on another run in the top of the seventh on a throwing error to make it 9-1 and retired Arkansas in order in the bottom of the seventh to secure the eight-run victory in the series opener.

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