Tide Softball Finishes Sweep

The second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide softball team earned a series sweep on the road at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi, on Sunday with a 6-0 victory over the Rebels at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. Alabama stole five bases in the win to give them 19 in three games on the weekend.

Chrissy Owens was brilliant on the mound again Sunday for Alabama as she pitched her second shutout of the weekend and 11th of the season. She pitched a complete seven-inning game with only three hits allowed, four walks and seven strikeouts. With the win she improved to 22-2 on the season.

Much like they did in Saturday's doubleheader, Alabama used their speed to put pressure on the Rebels and provide their pitcher's with some run support. After recording 14 stolen bases and 27 hits in the two wins yesterday, the Tide put the pressure on again with six runs on 11 hits.

In the third inning they got things going with three hits, a walk and four stolen bases for three runs. With one out, Ashley Holcombe started things off with a single to center field. Mallory Benak came in to pinch run and stole second base for her 16th stolen base of the year. Kelley Montalvo moved the runner to third with a single to center. A double steal gave both Benak and Montalvo a stolen base as Benak took home for the first run of the game and Montalvo second. An infield single by Brittany Rogers and a walk by Jordan Praytor loaded the bases. Charlotte Morgan then hit a single to the gap in right center to score two runs and put Bama in front 3-0.

Holcombe came through again in the fourth inning. After Kellie Eubanks led off the inning with a single to left field, Holcombe drove the ball just past the Alabama flag in left field for a two-run home run. It was the fifth home run of the season for the sophomore catcher, who has already passed her freshman total of three.

Montalvo scored again in the sixth inning. She hit a double to the corner in left field with one out and came around to score on a single up the middle by Rogers.

The Tide loaded the bases with no outs in the previous but was unable to bring any runs home. With a full count, Burford lined one to the right field corner to the wall but it landed just outside the foul line and she ended up with a fielder's choice groundout. Dani Woods and Eubanks followed with two ground outs.

Holcombe led the way at the plate going 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI. Montalvo finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Parker also added two hits. Rogers was 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI while Morgan also knocked in two runs in the game. Auburn scattered three hits and Mary Jane Callahan drew two walks to lead the way offensively for Ole Miss.

The Tide will have its final homestand next week at the Alabama Softball Complex. They host an in-state non-conference game against Troy on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. UA will welcome SEC foe Kentucky for a three game series over the weekend with the five seniors to be honored with senior weekend.


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