Alabama freshman pitcher Madi Moore ran her record to 9-0 and the Crimson Tide softball team delivered its 13th run-rule victory of the season Tuesday night at Rhoads Stadium, defeating Alcorn State 8-0 in five innings.
Four of Alabama’s (27-5) eight runs came on a pair of home runs by Reagan Dykes, pushing her team-leading season total to seven. Haylie McCleney and Chandler Dare posted multi-hit performances while Merris Schroder drove in a season-high two RBIs.
Madi Moore pitched her fourth shutout of the season and allowed only three hits by Alcorn State (7-14).
“Madi has earned every one of her starts,” Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. “She has kept us in the game, gave us a chance to score first, and gets out of tough situations. She’s been making the pitches when she needs to and I think everybody is confident behind her.”
Alabama continues SEC play this weekend against No. 15 Missouri (22-4) in Tuscaloosa. The series begins on Saturday at 2 p.m. CDT. Sunday’s and Monday’s contests will be aired live on the SEC Network with an air time of 6 p.m. for each game.
Ashley Breal (6-7) took the loss for the Lady Braves, throwing 4 2/3 innings before allowing the game-winning RBI single by Rachel Bobo in the bottom of the fifth to give Alabama the run-rule victory.
The Tide scored two in the first inning on a two-run single by Schroder and tacked on another in the second with an RBI double by McCleney. After going scoreless in the third, Dykes made it a 4-0 game in the fourth with a solo home run that bounced off the top of the fence in center field. With two on and one out in the fifth, Dykes launched her second home run of the night towards the scoreboard in left center to make it 7-0. Later in the inning with two out and a runner in scoring position, Bobo entered to pinch hit and battled at the plate before poking an RBI single up the middle to score Sydney Booker from second and give Alabama the 8-0 run-rule victory.