After a long tough battle, Alabama used four short walks to take a 5-4 extra-inning win over UAB in a softball game in Birmingham Tuesday night.
The first extra-inning game of the year for Alabama (14-2) was decided when UAB’s Claire Blount surrendered four consecutive bases on balls with two out in the top of the eighth inning.
That wasn’t the end of it for the Tide. In the bottom of the eighth the Blazers put two runners on base, but Alexis Osorio, the third pitcher of the game for Alabama, shut the door with a pair of strikeouts.
Madi Moore started in the circle for Alabama and gave up three runs (two earned) in her two innings. Sydney Littlejohn pitched two innings and gave up her first earned run of the season. Osorio (7-1) pitched the final four innings to get the victory. She had nine strikeouts in shutting out the Blazers (4-10).
Alabama’s problem was an inability to take advantage with runners on base. The Tide stranded 16 runners, one shy of the Bama record.
Freshman Bailey Hemphill led the offensive effort with a 2-3 day, including her team-leading fourth home run of the season. Peyton Grantham and Chandler Dare also tallied multi-hit efforts, with Grantham adding an RBI to the scoring effort along with Demi Turner and Sydney Booker.
Alabama returns to Tuscaloosa to host the Crimson Classic Friday-Sunday welcoming Jacksonville State, Drake and Stanford to Rhoads Stadium. The Tide will play five games over three days, starting on Friday against Jacksonville at 4 p.m. CST.