Tide Strikes Late

The fourth ranked Alabama Crimson Tide softball team (45-8) took its time before finally breaking through as they scored five runs in the final two innings to claim a 5-1 lead over the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (26-34).

Alabama and Southern Miss were deadlocked at 0-0 through the first four innings before Southern Miss finally broke through in the top of the fifth inning. The Golden Eagles took advantage of an Alabama error in the inning which resulted in an infield RBI single later in the inning by Melissa Prouty that scored Allison Bullard for a 1-0 Golden Eagle lead.

Alabama answered in the bottom of the fifth taking advantage of Southern Miss control problems in the circle. Ashley Holcombe led off the inning with a single to centerfield and was pinch run for by Mallory Benak who advanced to second on a Dominique Accetturo sacrifice. Brittany Rogers then reached on an infield single putting runners on the corners for the Tide. USM pitcher Samantha Davis then proceeded to hit three straight batters scoring two Alabama runs and spotting the Tide a 2-1 lead. Stephanie VanBrakle grounded out to shortstop but Mandy Burford scored on the play extending the Alabama lead to 3-1.

Dominique Accetturo provided a couple insurance runs in the sixth when she hit her third home run of the season, a two-run shot over the right centerfield fence for a 5-1 Alabama lead.

Blair Potter (4-0) picked up the win allowing just one unearned run on three hits while striking out five batters in 6.2 innings of work.

Rogers and Accetturo paced the Tide offense with Rogers going 2-4 with a run scored while Accetturo drove in two runs with her two-run home blast.

Alabama will close out its regular season this weekend as the team heads to Fayetteville, Arkansas for a three-game set against the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks. The Crimson Tide will be looking for its first ever SEC Championship and must win two games against the Lady'Backs in order to do so. The two teams are scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. doubleheader on Friday followed by a 1:00 p.m. single game on Saturday.


--Dominique Accetturo and Staci Ramsey moved to eighth on UA's all-time games played list with their 247th.

--Ramsey moved to third on Alabama's all-time RBI list with her 167th career run driven in.

--Accetturo's home run in the sixth inning snapped a 0-14 slump. Her last hit coming in her first at-bat in Game 3 vs. Georgia on April 23.

--Allison Moore made her first appearance since pitching 1.2 innings on February 11 against Mississippi Valley State.

--Crowd of 1,177 was the ninth largest crowd in program history.

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