Tide Softball Gets Another Win

MIAMI, Fla. – The No. 1 University of Alabama softball team made it a perfect weekend in Miami with a five-inning 8-0 shutout win over Connecticut on Sunday afternoon. The Tide moved to 15-0 on the season and won all five of its games at the Adidas Golden Panther Invitational, hosted by Florida International University.

"I thought we did a good job today and all weekend," said Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy. "Any time you can get a shutout is something to be proud of, and we got three of them this weekend including today, so I thought that showed a lot for our team."

In the first meeting between Alabama and the Huskies on Friday afternoon, UConn made it interesting and held the lead late before a UA offensive explosion sealed the win. On Sunday, the Tide wasted no time, jumping all over the Huskies early and closing out the victory in five innings.

Alabama scored a run in the first and added two in the second off of a towering home run over the left-field wall, a two-run shot and her third of the season. The Tide scored two more in the third and three in the fourth to get the win.

Kellie Eubanks had two hits on the day, scored two runs and drove in two, while Kelley Montalvo finished off a successful homecoming by driving in two more runs for the Tide. Ashley Holcombe had a double and scored a run and Brittany Rogers stole another base, her 21st of the season.

"We talk about being a dangerous lineup from spots one through nine all the time, but I think it really showed this weekend," Murphy said. "Kellie Eubanks was great all weekend and I thought all of our hitters did a good job. We need to do a better job of moving runners over and with our pitch selection sometimes, but those are things that we will continue to get better at as the season goes on."

All of that offense was easily enough for Tide starting pitcher Chrissy Owens, who moved to 5-0 on the season. Owens got the shutout, going all five innings with five strikeouts and three hits. She walked one on the afternoon.

Eubanks hit .538 for the weekend in 13 at-bats, Rogers went ..429 with five stolen bases and seven runs scored and Lauren Parker went 4-of-4 with four hits and three RBI as a pinch hitter.

Owens and Kelsi Dunne earned two wins in two starts and each picked up a save for Alabama over the weekend. Charlotte Morgan got a win as well to move to 3-0 on the season.

Alabama travels to Seattle, Wash., next weekend to compete in the U of Washington Husky Classic. Teams from Washington, Portland State and Nevada will make appearances at the event.

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