Missouri made its hits count. When Alabama was counted on for a big hit, the Crimson Tide failed to deliver, even hitting into double plays three times. The result was that the Tigers took the opening game of the three-game softball series in Columbia Friday, 2-0.
Alabama out-hit Missouri, 6-4, the first time this season Bama has lost when out-hitting the opponent.
Alabama fell to 31-5 overall and 7-3 in Southeastern Conference play. The Tigers improved to 19-13 and 2-4.
Game two of the three-game series is set for a 5 p.m. CDT start on Saturday. The game will air on SEC Network.
On Friday, Alabama got the leadoff batter on base in each of the first four innings and got the potential tying run to the plate in the seventh, but the Crimson Tide could not bring any of them home, hitting into three inning-ending double plays in the game.
Tide ace Alexis Osorio went the distance and struck out 10, but took the loss to fall to 16-3. It was her ninth game of the season with 10 or more strikeouts.
Demi Turner went 2-3 from the leadoff position, pushing her current hitting streak to a career-best 13 games.
Missouri’s Cayla Kessinger put the home team in front first, hitting a one-out solo home run in the bottom of the second. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the fourth, a fly ball to left allowed one to score on the sacrifice fly to finish the scoring.
Alabama would get a runner on base in each of the next two innings, but could not score as it remained a two-run deficit heading to the top of the seventh. After a strikeout to start the half-inning, a fielding error on a lazy popup allowed the second batter to reach safely and bring the potential tying run to the plate. A popup went for out number two before a diving catch in right field on a line drive ended it.