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Alabama’s softball team had a bad day in a split with South Carolina

Demi Turner was a bright spot on a gloomy day for Alabama softball

It had to be a misprint, right? No it wasn’t. South Carolina shocked ninth-ranked Alabama with a 14-0 win over the Crimson Tide in the first game of a softball doubleheader Sunday. The rout of Bama was the most runs ever scored by an Alabama opponent in Rhoads Stadium, and came against Tide ace Alexis Osorio.

Alabama re bounded in the second game width a 5-2 win to take the weekend series. After Bama’s Friday win, the teams held off until Sunday for a doubleheader because of stormy Tuscaloosa weather on Saturday.

The split moved Alabama to a 30-4 overall record and 7-2 Southeastern Conference mark, while South Carolia is now 21-12 overall and 2-7 in conference play.

Next up, Alabama hosts Kent State (10-15) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CDT before hitting the road for a three-game series at Missouri (18-13, 1-4 SEC).

Alabama trailed in the second game Sunday before rallying for the win.

Over the two games,  Bama’s Demi Turner went 3-6 while Mari Cranek capitalized on her starting opportunity, knocking in a pair of hits in game three. Gabby Callaway started game three and went 3-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

 Here is a recap of Sunday’s competiton.

GAME ONE: SOUTH CAROLINA 14, ALABAMA 0

Alabama struggled in the opening game of Sunday’s doubleheader, mustering just two hits while South Carolina scored 14 runs in the shutout victory. Alexis Osorio (16-2) took the loss, exiting after 4 1/3 innings with four runs allowed, three earned, while Gamecock starter Nickie Blue (8-5) won behind the complete-game shutout.

After a leadoff single in the top of the second, South Carolina’s Alyssa VanDerveer sent the next pitch over the fence in left-center to put the Gamecocks up 2-0. Alabama was hitless until the bottom of the fourth, when Turner led off the half-inning with a single up the middle. A groundout moved her to second and a passed ball pushed her to third, but a groundout and fly ball kept her 60 feet away as it remained 2-0.

A fielding error in the top of the fifth loaded the bases for South Carolina and VanDerveer capitalized on the opportunity with a single up the middle, scoring two to double the Gamecocks’ lead to 4-0. After a pitching change for Alabama, a pair of groundouts ended the inning.

South Carolina scored two more in the top of the sixth on a two-run single by Krystan White and then added plenty of distance in the top of the seventh, plating eight runs on six hits and an error to push the lead to 14-0, which proved final.

GAME TWO: ALABAMA 5, SOUTH CAROLINA 2

With the weekend series on the line in game three, Alabama overcame an early two-run deficit to win, 5-2. Cranek and Callaway combined to produce five of the team’s nine hits and scored one run each. Sydney Littlejohn (11-1) earned her second win of the weekend, holding the Gamecocks to two runs on six hits with no walks.

South Carolina scored the first run of the game in the top of the third on an RBI double by Kaylea Snaer and Mackenzie Boesel followed with another double to score Snaer and make it 2-0. Alabama got one back in the bottom-half of the inning on a South Carolina fielding error to cut the deficit in half, 2-1.

 Three-straight hits with one out in the bottom of the fourth loaded the bases for Alabama and Reagan Dykes battled to a full count before drawing a walk, pushing a run across to tie the game at 2-2. A force-out at third on the next play went for out number two but the go-ahead run scored on the fielder’s choice before a popup ended the inning with Alabama now leading, 3-2.

An RBI double by Callaway in the bottom of the sixth made it 4-2 and, with two in scoring position later in the inning, a wild pitch plated pinch-runner Rachel Bobo to extend the lead to 5-2. A 1-2-3 top of the seventh secured the win for Alabama and the series victory.


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