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Alabama opens up Bama Bash with good hitting, excellent pitching

Alabama softball gets wins over UCF and Texas Tech on first day of Bama Bash

Alabama lived up to the bash of its annual Bama Bash with two wins to get things started Friday. The Crimson Tide defeated Central Florida, 4-0, and followed up with a 7-2 win over Texas Tech. But as good as 11 runs and 21 hits in the two Friday games was the outstanding pitching of aces Sydney Littlejohn and Alexis Osorio.

Alabama scored 11 combined runs in two wins Friday at the Easton Bama Bash, shutting out UCF, 4-0, before defeating Texas Tech, 7-2.

Action continues Saturday at Rhoads Stadium with Bama facing Gardner-Webb at 1:30 p.m. CST and Texas Tech at 4 p.m.

Alabama improved to 10-2 with the twin wins, while UCF fell to 4-5 and Texas Tech to 7-5.

 Merris Schroder was 3-7 with a home run and Demi Turner was also 3-7 with a pair of runs scored, while Bailey Hemphill went 4-4 against Texas Tech and was 4-6 on the day.

 Littlejohn (4-0) threw a complete game two-hit shutout against the Knights. Osorio (5-1) opened the Texas Tech game with nine straight strikeouts and finished with 14 with the only slip allowing a two-run homer in her one-hit performance.

In the first game against UCF, Turner and Claire Jenkins each had two hits with Turner, Hemphill, and Schroder accounting for the four runs batted in.  

 Knights starter Alea White (1-4) took the loss, throwing six innings with four earned runs on eight hits and four walks.

In the bottom of the third with the bases loaded and one out, a hard line drive to center field by Hemphill allowed Jenkins to tag up and score on the sacrifice fly. A two-run home run by Schroder in the bottom of the sixth extended the lead to 3-0. Alabama got its final run in the sixth when Elissa Brown had some nifty running to evade a putout, enabling a run to score.

Bama scored at least one run in five of six innings in the win over Texas Tech. Hemphill had four hits and Schroder, Peyton Grantham, and Caroline Hardy each had multi-hit performances.

Meanwhile Osorio had a gem with her 14 strikeouts against only one walk and allowing only the two-run home run in her one-hitter.

Red Raiders starter Kassidy Scott (3-3) went the distance in the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned, on 13 hits.

The Tide took a 3-0 lead in the first with a dropped fly ball allowing the first run and Grantham’s two-run single following.

An RBI single by Hemphill in the second made it 4-0.

After 3 1/3 perfect innings to start the game, Osorio walked the second batter of the fourth inning to break up the perfect game. After a strikeout, Texas Tech right fielder Kierra Miles delivered a two-run homer.

Turner drove in a run in the fourth. Schroder led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo shot to make it 6-2 while an RBI single by Grantham in the sixth drove in the seventh and final run.

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