Wright pitches Bama to victory

PALO ALTO, CA -- Junior pitcher Jennifer Wright had to follow two superb pitching efforts from her teammates and she answered the call, helping to lead the No. 6 ranked Alabama softball team (3-1) to a 5-0 victory over the San Jose State Spartans (0-5).

Wright (1-0) threw her 16th career complete game and struck out seven batters en route to her 20th career victory and her fifth career shutout.

Alabama wasted no time jumping on top in the first inning. Ashley Courtney led off with a single and took second on a ground out to the left side from Jackie Wilkins. Jackie McClain drew a walk and Capper Reed singled up the middle scoring Courtney for the early 1-0 Bama lead.

San Jose State threatened in the bottom of the first, loading the bases with one out, but pitcher Jennifer Wright induced a roller to McClain at first who threw home to Kellie Deska for the force and Deska threw on to Mandy Burford who was covering at first for the inning ending double play.

The Tide avoided another Spartan rally in the bottom of the third inning. SJSU put runners on second and third with one out and Bama pitcher Jennifer Wright threw a wild pitch that rolled to the backstop. Jana Arde broke for home, but Deska recovered the ball and threw to Wright who was covering at home to apply the tag for the out. Two batters later Wright forced a ground out to shortstop to end the rally and the inning.

Bama increased its lead in the top of the fifth when Ashley Courtney jumped on a 2-1, two-out pitch and crushed the ball over the right field fence for her first home run of the season and a 2-0 Alabama lead.

Alabama kept up the pressure in the top off the sixth inning taking advantage of three Spartan errors while collecting two hits to push its lead to 4-0.

In the top of the seventh inning, the Tide added another run on a McClain single through the right side scoring Wilkins for a 5-0 lead.

The Crimson Tide will open the home portion of its schedule on Friday, February 13 when Alabama hosts the Bama Bash!.

Game Notes

  • Jennifer Wright made first start of the season.
  • J. Wright struck out the side in the bottom of the first inning, the first time for the Tide this season.
  • Ashley Courtney recorded her 75th career home run in the fifth inning.
  • Alabama's four runs was a season high.
  • J. Wright collected her 20th career win.

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