The Alabama softball pitching staff was supposed to be good this year, and this weekend it has been extraordinary. On Saturday the Crimson Tide staff had its second no-hitter in as many days, and that might not have been the most impressive performance from the Bama arms.
In Alabama’s second game of the day Saturday in the Crimson Classic at Rhoads Stadium, Madi Moore and Sydney Littlejohn combined to throw a no-hitter in a 10-0, five-inning win over Drake.
That game was preceded by the Tide’s Alexis Osorio throwing a complete game shutout with a one-hit, 18-strikeout, 4-0 victory over Stanford.
The Moore-Littlejohn no-hitter was the 32nd in program history and the fourth in which more than one pitcher participated. On Friday Osorio and Moore combined for a five-inning, 10-0 no-hitter against Jacksonville.
Alabama’s four wins in the first two days of the Crimson Classic have improved Bama’s record to 18-2.
Merris Schroder led the Alabama offense, going 3-5, including a double and a triple, with two runs scored and three RBI. Demi Turner and Elissa Brown posted a pair of hits and Carrigan Fain and Claire Jenkins each hit a home run in the second game of the day, the first long ball of the year for both players.
Alabama concludes play at the Crimson Classic at 1:30 ;p.m. CST Sunday facing Jacksonville.
Osorio improved her record to 9-1 in the complete game shutout to start things for Alabama Saturday.
Brown and Schroder had two-hit performances with Schroder driving in three of the Tide’s four runs on a three-run triple in the first inning.
With two out in the bottom of the first, Alabama drew three walks to load the bases for Schroder, who smashed a bases-clearning triple to the wall in left. The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth when Schroder hit a two-out double and Reagan Dykes followed with an RBI single to make it 4-0, the final score.
In the second game, Alabama went scoreless in the first two innings, but made up for it with eight runs in the third and the final two in the fourth. Fain and Jenkins drove in five of the Tide’s 10 runs with each delivering a home run.
Both Moore (2-1) and Littlejohn allowed one base on balls.
Some heads-up defense saved a run in the top of the third. With two on base and one out, Moore fielded a chopper and threw to third for the force out. A wild pitch in the next at-bat moved the runners up and the lead runner tried to go for home on the play but Bailey Hemphill quickly gathered it and fired it to Moore covering home for the final out of the half-inning.
With a runner at first in the bottom half of the inning, Hemphill laced a hard-hit double in the gap to score Demi Turner from first. Later with runners at the corners and nobody out, Marisa Runyon pulled a single through the right side to score one and another runner came home in the next at-bat on a fielder’s choice, stretching the lead to 3-0.
Fain doubled the lead with a three-run home run that bounced off the light pole in right-center to make it 6-0. As Alabama batted around the order in the half-inning, Turner took advantage of her second at-bat with an RBI single to make it 7-0. A sacrifice fly by Hemphill brought home the eighth and final run of the inning.
After a one-out walk by Fain in the bottom of the fourth, Jenkins smashed a line-drive home run to straightaway center, stretching the lead to 10-0. A 1-2-3 top of the fifth would secure the run-rule victory for the Tide.