If you’re going to have a classic, it helps to have a classic performance, and that’s what Alabama softball provided in its first game of the Crimson Classic at Rhoads Stadium Friday.
Alabama pitchers Alexis Osorio and Madi Moore combined for a five-inning, run-rule 10-0 no-hitter over Jacksonville in the first of two games by the Crimson Tide. Alabama ran its record to 16-2 with a 6-1 victory over Drake in the nightcap.
Alabama ran its record to 16-2.
Osorio ran her record to 8-1 as she got the victory over the Jacksonville Dolphins. A hit-by-pitch gave Jacksonville its only base runner.
Sydney Littlejohn ran her record to 6-0 going the distance in the second game. She allowed three hits and one base on balls.
Alabama continues play at the Easton Crimson Classic Saturday, facing Stanford at 1:30 p.m. CST and Drake at 4 p.m.
“It’s strange but I feel like we almost expect Lexi to strike out the first nine batters of the game now,” Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. “It’s amazing to watch. Having Madi come in and finish the game was great to see for the combined no-hitter. Sydney gave up three easy singles and Merris [Schroder] made a great play on the one ball that was hit the hardest. I thought all three pitchers looked good.”
Offensively, Merris Schroder went 3-5 with three runs scored, including a three-run home run against Jacksonville. Chandler Dare had a three-hit day while Demi Turner and Marisa Runyon each went 2-5, combining to score three runs and drive in two. Mari Cranek was productive in a pinch-hit role, going 2-2 with three RBI and Bailey Hemphill drove in a pair of runs on a groundout and a sacrifice fly.
In the opening game win, Osorio and Moore combined for the 31st no-hitter in Alabama softball history. It was the third no-hitter in which more than one pitcher participated.
Osorio struck out 11 batters in her four innings, surpassing the 600-strikeout mark for her career.
The offense scored at least one run in each of the four innings, including a six-run fourth.
Hemphill brought in Bama’s first run in the first inning with a groundout that scored Elissa Brown. An RBI single by Sydney Booker in the second made it 2-0. In the third inning, a sacrifice fly by Peyton Grantham and an RBI single by Reagan Dykes stretched it to 4-0.
Hemphill’s sacrifice fly got the first run home in the fourth. Schroder added a three-run homer and Cranek a two-run double to make it 10-0.
A one-two-three inning by Moore in the top of the fifth completed the no-hitter and the game.
Littlejohn went the distance in delivering the second pitching jewel of the day in the 6-1 win over Drake.
Dare had a 2-2 game batting ninth, including an RBI and a run scored. Hemphill drew three walks in four plate appearances, including two intentional walks. The two intentional walks are the most in a game for an Alabama player since Kaila Hunt on May 25, 2012 against Michigan in the NCAA Super Regional round.
It was tight early. Alabama scored in the first on a bases-loaded walk, but Drake answered in the top of the second with an RBI groundout.
In the bottom of the second the Tide went ahead for good at 3-1 with Turner banging out an RBI single.
In the fifth, Dare beat out an infield single with the bases loaded for a fourth run. Another bases loaded single by Cranek, along with a throwing error, finished the scoring at 6-1.