To say that Alabama softball had a successful weekend at the Crimson Classic is an understatement. The Crimson Tide concluded the tournament with a 7-0 win over Jacksonville at Rhoads Stadium to win all five contests in the tournament. Additionally, Bama ran its winning streak to 12 straight and improved the Tide record to 19-2.
Alabama, which had two no-hitters in the five-game tournament, got the bats working after a slow start Sunday, but pitcher Sydney Littlejohn was on point from the start. Bama scored five runs in the final two innings on a pair of home runs by Gabby Gallaway and Reagan Dykes. Littlejohn pitched a three-hitter and struck out a career-high 11 batters in the complete game shutout.
The Dolphins fell to 11-9.
Callaway’s sixth-inning home run was part of a 2-4 day for the freshman and fellow rookie Claire Jenkins capped a strong weekend at the plate with a 3-4 performance Sunday.
“The freshmen did awesome,” Bama Coach Patrick Murphy said. “When you get two or three hits out of two freshmen with four RBIs, that’s a good day. They kept innings going with big hits with a runner in scoring position which was great to see from two lefties.”
On the weekend, Jenkins led the team batting 6-9 (.667) with four runs scored and two RBIs, earning All-Tournament honors. Joining her on the All-Tournament team are Littlejohn, Dykes, Merris Schroder, and Tournament MVP Alexis Osorio.
Alabama played as the designated away team in the Sunday game, batting in the top-half of each inning. With the bases loaded and two out in the top of the third, Schroder drew a walk on four pitches to move everyone up 60 feet and give Alabama a 1-0 lead. Back-to-back doubles in the top of the fourth by Dykes and Callaway made it 2-0.
Jacksonville got its first base runner in the bottom of the fourth inning when a two-out single broke up Littlejohn’s perfect game bid. The Dolphins would get another single to put two on, but a fly out ended the inning with the score still 2-0.
With two in scoring position and one out in the top of the sixth, Callaway smashed a home run to right field, the first homer of her career, to put Alabama’s lead to 5-0. Dykes added some cushion in the top of the seventh with a two-run home run.
Alabama continues at home playing a pair of midweek games at Rhoads Stadium starting with Loyola-Chicago (14-0) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CST followed by Valparaiso (6-2) on Wednesday at 6 p.m.