Tide takes double-header

PALO ALTO, CA -- The No. 6 ranked University of Alabama softball team (2-1) got great pitching from senior Erin Wright, as the Tide picked up its first win of the season, a 2-0 victory over San Jose State (0-3). Later in the day Bama was able to pull out a 2-1 eight-inning victory over the No. 12 ranked Stanford Cardinal (1-1).

Game One; Bama 2, SJSU 0

Wright (1-0) threw her 15th career shutout while allowing only four hits and striking out three batters.

The Tide drew first blood, pushing a run across in the bottom of the first inning. Ashley Courtney lifted a one-out triple to right field and came in to score on a ground out to the left side by Jackie McClain for the early 1-0 lead.

Bama flexed its defensive muscle in the top of the third inning when Jana Arde led off with a double over the head of Ashley Courtney in right field. After a stolen base, Tide pitcher Erin Wright got the next three batters to pop up on the infield and ground out to get out of the inning.

Alabama added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when McClain turned on an 0-1 pitch and sent it over the right field fence for her first home run of the season and a 2-0 Bama lead.

Game One Notes

  • Mandy Burford recorded a hit in her first collegiate at-bat.
  • Jackie McClain's home run was the first of the season for Alabama.
  • McClain is three home runs away from third (27) on the Alabama all-time home run --list.
  • McClain recorded her 26th career game-winning RBI, four shy of the Alabama school record.

Game Two; Bama 2, Stanford 1

The No. 6 ranked University of Alabama softball team (2-1) waited until late in the game to get its offense going, but was able to pull out a 2-1 eight-inning victory over the No. 12 ranked Stanford Cardinal (1-1).

After amassing only one hit through six innings, the Tide put a couple hits together in the seventh to tie the game and used smart base running in the eighth to claim the victory.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Ashley Courtney was placed on second base, via the International Tiebreak Rule, and was immediately sacrificed to third by Jackie Wilkins. McClain then hit a slow roller to second that Meghan Sickler fielded and threw home, but Courtney beat the throw for the game-winning run.

Alabama threatened early on, loading the bases in the bottom of the first inning. Wilkins drew a one-out walk, followed by a single to left field from McClain. Stephanie VanBrakle advanced the runners with a ground out to the right side. Capper Reed followed and was hit by a pitch loading the bases with two outs, but Angela Johnson hit a soft grounder to second that forced Reed at second base to end the inning.

The Cardinal capitalized on Alabama miscues for the second straight game scoring a run in the top of the second inning on no hits and two Crimson Tide errors to claim a 1-0 lead.

Cardinal pitcher Dana Sorenson and VanBrakle battled through the next four and half innings heading to the bottom of the seventh inning with the Cardinal leading 1-0. Capper Reed led off the seventh with a double to right field followed by Angela Johnson who hit a fly ball to the left-centerfield gap that was tracked down by Stanford centerfielder Catalina Morris. Staci Ramsey pinch-hit for Dominique Accetturo and drew a one-out walk putting runners on first and second. Freshman catcher Kellie Deska then delivered her first collegiate hit down the leftfield line scoring Johnson from second and tying the game at 1-1.

The Tide worked itself out of trouble in the top of the eighth after Stanford loaded the bases with two outs when VanBrakle got Leah Nelson to ground into a fielder's choice ending the inning.

VanBrakle (1-1) picked up her first win of the season, pitching all eight innings, allowing no earned runs on six hits while striking out seven batters.

Alabama will close out its play in the tournament on Sunday with a 9:00 a.m. (PT) match-up against San Jose State. Live stats and audio can be followed on www.rolltide.com, with the audio portion available on 90.7 FM WVUA.

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