Alexis Osorio continued her outstanding pitching and Reagan Dykes provided the offensive punch on a day when Alabama bats were otherwise quiet as the Crimson Tide finished its Bama Bash undefeated with a 3-2 win over UCF in the final game on Sunday.
Tenth-ranked Alabama (13-2) jumped ahead to an early 3-0 lead but a solo home run by UCF (6-6) and some defensive miscues by the Crimson Tide kept the score close. Another strong performance by Osorio (6-1) got Alabama out of a few late jams, as she allowed just two runs (one earned) on three hits with 14 strikeouts.
Carrigan Fain capped a stellar weekend at the plate with a 2-2 performance Sunday, earning Bama Bash MVP honors. She was 7-10 (.700) with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs over the five games.
Dykes did the heavy lifting from the plate Sunday as she drove in two of Alabama’s three runs with a two-run home run in the second inning, her first long ball of the year. Claire Jenkins provided the third Tide run with a third-inning sacrifice fly.
Along with Fain, Bailey Hemphill, Chandler Dare, Merris Schroder, and Sydney Littlejohn earned All-Tournament honors.
With a runner on base and one out in the bottom of the second, Dykes unloaded on a 2-1 pitch and sent it sky-high to left field for a two-run home run, giving Alabama a 2-0 lead. Jenkins gave the Tide another in the next inning, lifting a fly ball to center field as Hemphill tagged up and scored on the sacrifice fly.
With two in scoring position for UCF in the top of the fourth, a passed ball moved the runners up 60 feet, cutting Alabama’s lead to 3-1. After a three-up, three-down fifth inning, UCF capitalized on some Tide errors in the sixth to apply some late pressure. A fielding error on the first batter allowed her to move to second and another error two batters later put two on with one out. A single loaded the bases but Osorio got out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts to preserve the 3-1 lead.
UCF catcher Autumn Gillespie cut Alabama’s lead to one in the top of the seventh with a solo home run. The Tide defense closed out the game with a popup and a groundout.
Next up, Alabama heads to Birmingham for a midweek matchup against UAB (3-8) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CST.