Don’t panic, Birmingham. No one is going to suggest that the UAB softball program be shut down, although that’s what three Alabama pitchers did to it Tuesday night in Birmingham.
Alabama’s three pitchers combined to throw the 26th no-hitter in program history as the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide (5-1) defeated the UAB Blazers, 7-0.
Bama freshman Madi Moore (3-0) started the game for the Tide and earned the win, throwing 4 1/3 hitless innings. Sydney Littlejohn and Alexis Osorio combined with 2 2/3 hitless innings in relief.
The Alabama offense delivered seven runs on seven hits, including the first career hit for freshman Merris Schroder. Kallie Case drove in two of the Tide’s seven runs while Sydney Booker scored twice.
UAB (1-5) had only one baserunner, Jolo Fallen drawing two walks. The loss went to starter Madison Hir (1-2), one of four Blazers pitchers.
Alabama did not hit a home run in its first four games in a tournament in Orlando last weekend. In the second inning at UAB the Tide got a pair, back-to-back solo shots by Carrigan Fain and Chandler Dare. Marisa Runyon drove in a third inning run with a double.
Case’s squeeze bunt scored Booker in the fifth inning and the Tide tacked on a fifth run with a bases-loaded walk.
A long fly ball by Demi Turner in the top of the sixth allowed Booker to tag up and score, and Case followed that with an RBI double to make it 7-0.
Coach Patrick Murphy’s Alabama team next heads to Atlanta for five games at the Panther Invitational, starting Friday.