Alabama softball has elite pitching, but a lack of offense keeps the Crimson Tide from being an elite team. It was almost predictable with Sydney Littlejohn pitching for Bama that the Tide would have another anemic offense in lack of support for the senior.
Alabama has had its problems at the plate all season and that was the case again Saturday as the Crimson Tide was shut out by ninth-ranked Washington, which took both games from 12th-ranked Bama in Tuscaloosa this weekend. While the Tide was being shut out by the Huskies, Washington scored three solo home runs for a 3-0 win at Rhoads Stadium.
Alabama (37-11) out-hit Washington (34-10), 5-4, but the Crimson Tide left eight runners on base while three of the Huskies’ four hits were home runs. Sydney Booker went 2-3 batting eighth and Elissa Brown, Peyton Grantham and Chandler Dare each had one hit.
Littlejohn (14-4) took the loss in the circle, throwing 5 innings while Taran Alvelo (21-6) earned the win with 5 2/3 shutout innings. Littlejohn, particularly, has been plagued by a lack of offense in her starts this season.
Washington put a damper on a damp day with its first at-bat on the first pitch as the Huskies’ leadoff hitter Ali Aguilar blasted Littlejohn’s first delivery over the center field fence for a 1-0 lead.
Alabama had its chances, but couldn’t take advantage. The Tide left a runner on base in each of the first three innings. In the fourth, Bama had runners on second and third with one out, but had a lineout into a double play to end the threat and the inning.
Julia DePonte doubled the Huskies’ lead in the top of the fifth with a solo home run. Later with two outs, lightning in the area forced a delay of just over 90 minutes. After resuming, Washington extended its lead to 3-0 in the top of the sixth with another solo home run, this time off the bat of Sis Bates.
Booker gave the home team a little hope in the bottom of the seventh with a lead-off single, but nothing came of it.
Next up, Alabama travels to Birmingham to face Samford on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CDT before heading to Oxford, Miss., for a three-game series against Ole Miss starting on Saturday.