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Alabama takes advantage of Southern Miss errors for 7-1 road win

Alabama’s Alexis Osorio pitches Tide softball over Southern Miss

In the case of Alabama softball, charity began on the road in Hattiesburg, Miss., Tuesday evening. The Crimson Tide took advantage of Southern Miss errors to take a 7-1 win, despite Bama recording only four hits, but benefiting from Golden Eagles fielding errors to score five unearned runs.

Alabama’s sixth consecutive win improved the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide to 36-7, while Southern Miss fell to 20-23.

Bama freshman Reagan Dykes went 1-3 to extend her hitting streak to nine games, the longest for any Tide player this season, while Chandler Dare went 1-4 with two runs batted in to push her streak to six games. Peyton Grantham and Merris Schroder both scored twice and both had an RBI.

Alexis Osorio (11-5) threw a complete game, taking a shutout through 6 2/3 innings before the Golden Eagles brought one across on an RBI double. She struck out 10 batters, her fourth game with double-digit strikeouts. Southern Miss starter Danielle Block (5-10) was chased after three innings, though only one of the six runs she allowed was earned.

Following a leadoff walk by Caroline Hardy in the top of the second, Dykes – a native of nearly Collins, Miss. -- received a strong ovation from the crowd. She responded with a single through the left side to put two on with nobody out. Southern Miss center fielder Rachel Johnson made a running catch in shallow center for the first out in the next at-bat and then caught Hardy off the bag at second for a double play. A fielding error with two outs extended the inning and three-straight walks drove in Alabama’s first two runs of the day before Dare doubled the lead with a two-run single to make it 4-0.

Grantham led off the top of the fourth with a line-drive home run to center field to make it a 5-0 game. A walk to Schroder in the next at-bat ended Block’s outing. Later with two outs and Schroeder at second, a bobbled a ground ball allowed Schroder came in to score, making it 6-0.

Pinch-hitter Leona Lafaele clubbed a home run over the left field fence for a 7-0 lead.

The Golden Eagles broke up the shutout on a two-out double by Lauren Holifield in the bottom of the seventh.

Next up, Alabama gets back into Southeastern Conference play on the road with a three-game series against Texas A&M (31-9, 5-7 SEC) in College Station. Friday’s first game is at 6:30 p.m. CDT.


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