Softball takes two from Jax State

TUSCALOOSA, AL-Freshman pitcher Jennifer Wright was given her chance to shine and that she did pitching two complete games and picking up two wins in the Tide's doubleheader sweep of the Jackson State Lady Tigers (22-16), 2-0 and 9-1.

"It was a great 12 innings. She wasn't used to that," said Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy. "Her drop ball was working real well; it was dropping off the table."

In Game 1, Wright (7-2) struck out a career high nine batters, allowing only two Jackson State hits while throwing her second shutout of the season.

The Tide (32-11) jumped on top in the second inning with true freshman Ashley Courtney leading off with a triple. She came in to score on a single by Angela Johnson down the left field line. Johnson stole second and came in to score when Suzanne Olcott's grounder to second base went through the legs of Tamara Vangoss, staking Bama to a 2-0 lead.

Wright took over from there allowing only two more base runners over the next five innings.

In the second game Wright took the circle again scattering three hits over five innings while recording three strikeouts.

The Tide provided Wright with more offense, posting a six-spot in the bottom of the second. Lacy Prejean led off with a triple down the right field line. Johnson reached on an infield single. Casey Cockrum hit a grounder that was fielded by third baseman Deshundla Norton who tried to tag Prejean out at third but was unsuccessful, loading the bases for the Tide. Suzanne Olcott and Jennifer Reach hit back-to-back singles scoring Prejean and Johnson for a 2-0 lead.

Jackie Wilkins followed with a single scoring Cockrum and Olcott. Reach was thrown out at third and Wilkins advanced to second on the throw. Capper Reed grounded out to second advancing Wilkins to third and McClain then hit a grounder that was mishandled by Tunisia Ford scoring Wilkins for 5-0 Bama lead. Deasy Phillips came on to pinch run for McClain and scored on a triple by Courtney.

The Crimson Tide put three more on the board in the third. Cockrum got things going with a one-out double and scored on a triple by Olcott. Reach hit a sacrifice fly scoring Olcott and Erin Wright capped off the scoring hitting her first collegiate home run for a 9-0 Alabama lead.

Jackson State put one on the board in the top of the fifth, but it was not enough to avoid the run-rule.

The Crimson Tide's three triples broke the school record for triples in a game.

The doubleheader was Alabama's final tune-up before hosting the LSU Tigers in a crucial three-game series for the top spot in the Southeastern Conference. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m. with the final game of the series being played on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Game 3 will be televised live on FOX Sports South.

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