Alabama had a disappointing trip to Louisiana, the Crimson Tide softball team will return to Tuscaloosa to begin a six-game home stand on Wednesday. Bama dropped the rubber game of its series with Louisiana-Lafayette Sunday, falling 7-0 to the Ragin’ Cajuns as Alexis Osorio (4-1) was handed her first loss of the year.
No. 4 Alabama was shut out on two hits is now 7-2 on the year. Louisiana-Lafayette, ranked 18th, improved to 6-3 by winning two of three from the Crimson Tide.
Alabama will host North Florida (4-3) at Rhoads Stadium at 6 p.m. CST Wednesday.
Alabama’s only hits came from Chandler Dare and Merris Schroder and Bama left seven runners on base. After allowing just 18 walks through the first eight games of the season, Alabama gave up nine walks and five hits, including two home runs, on Sunday.
Freshman Alyssa Denham (2-1) pitched a complete game shutout for ULL.
Louisiana-Lafayette had all the runs it needed in the first inning with DJ Sanders blasting a two-run home run. A bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fourth made it 3-0. A rare highlight for the Tide came later in the inning with the bases loaded. A ball caromed off Osorio to Demi Taylor who flipped to Clare Jenkins covering second for a nice run-saving putout.
Sanders hit her second home run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 4-0 and force a pitching change, Sydney Littlejohn relieving. After a walk and a single, a dropped ball error allowed a fifth run to score.
Another error in the sixth allowed the Ragin’ Cajuns to tack on a final two runs.