Tide Softball Season Ends In WCWS

The Alabama softball team staved off elimination in its first game of the day Saturday against Oregon, but the Crimson Tide came up just short in a late second game against LSU and the Bama season is over at 48-15.

In the final elimination game of the day Saturday at the Women’s College World Series in ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Alabama edged Oregon, 2-1, in the first elimination game, but fell to Southeastern Conference rival LSU, 5-3, late Saturday night.

The Crimson Tide got outstanding pitching from freshman Alexis Osorio (22-9), who pitched her fifth complete game of the post-season, to win against the Ducks. Osorio allowed just one run on three hits and struck out nine. Chandler Dare had a two-run single in the 2-1 victory.

The second game did not go well as Tide starter Sydney Littlejohn (16-2) gave up three runs in the first inning and two in the second to the Tigers before Leslie Jury pitched three scoreless innings in relief.

Alabama scored two runs in the seventh and had the tying run at the plate when the game and the season came to an end.

Marisa Runyon had a first inning single in the second game that drove in a run for her Alabama record 80th RBI of the season. Charlotte Morgan had the previous mark of 79 set in 2008. Runyon led the Tide offense with a 2-4 batting performance.

Alabama was making its 10th appearance in the WCWS and hoping for its second national championship.

In the first game, the first six batters in the Alabama lineup went a combined 0-15. Dare, batting ninth in the lineup, had a two-run single in the first inning and later added a double.

In the second inning, Danae Hays drew a walk and Danielle Richard followed with a double to put runners on second and third. With two outs, Dare hit a bloop single into right, enough to bring in two runs, which would be enough for the win.

Oregon ace Cheridan Hawkins fell to 30-5 despite an excellent outing. She pitched into the seventh inning, allowing just three hits and striking out seven.

The Ducks scored a lone run on a Janie Takeda single in the third inning and left the bases loaded without scoring in the fourth, the only threats.

Osorio finished strong, striking out the side in the sixth inning and getting a pop-up and two strikeouts in the seventh.

Alabama went 1-2 in the WCWS, losing to Michigan to open and LSU to close. The Wolverines and Tigers will meet in a semifinal game Sunday with two other SEC teams – Auburn and Florida – also playing a semifinal.

In the second game Saturday, LSU starter Allie Walljasper (16-5) went six strong innings before getting into trouble in the seventh. Carley Hoover got her fifth save of the year in relief.

Runyon’s record-setting RBI in the first inning was set up by Demi Turner, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a fly ball, a groundout advanced her to third before Runyon’s single down the right field line drove her in to make it 1-0. LSU went ahead for good in the bottom half of the first with three runs.

The Tigers scored two runs with two outs in the bottom of the second for a 5-1 lead.

Bama had the looks of a rally with back-to-back singles to start the seventh and a sacrifice fly and wild pitch would get two home before a groundout ended it.

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