No. 12 Alabama and ninth-ranked Washington provided the type performance to be expected of good teams, but unfortunately for the Crimson Tide, the performance by the Huskies was slightly better. Washington took a 3-2 decision over Alabama at Rhoads Stadium Friday.
The teams went to the seventh inning in a 1-1 tie. In the top of the inning, Washington’s Kirstyn Thomas delivered a two-run home run.
Alabama went down fighting. With one out in the bottom half of the inning, Carrigan Fain drew a walk and after a wild pitch advanced pinch-runner Rachel Bobo to second, freshman Claire Jenkins drove her home with a single through the left side, cutting the deficit to one. A fly ball in the next at-bat ended the comeback bid.
The teams face off again on Saturday at 4 p.m. CDT.
“In a game like this, Washington just got the key hit,” Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. “I think if we would have had one more person on base in the last inning, we could have won. Alexis [Osorio] threw a good game, but Washington is a good team.”
Alabama (37-10) and Washington (33-10) were nearly even statistically across the board, each tallying six hits with the Tide drawing two walks to the Huskies’ one.
Alexis Osorio (18-6) took the loss it the complete-game effort while Washington’s Taran Alvelo (20-6) went the distance for the win, going the distance in the circle as well.
A leadoff single by Washington’s Sis Bates in the top of the fourth coupled with a throwing error on the play put a runner in scoring position for Washington. Morganne Flores drove her in with a single up the middle as Bates slid under the tag attempt at home to put the Huskies up 1-0.
In the bottom half of the inning, Reagan Dykes dropped a two-out single into left field for Alabama’s first hit of the day and freshman Gabby Callaway delivered a hard-hit double to the wall in right field, scoring Dykes from first to tie it at 1-1.