Alabama Softball Sweeps Doubleheader
After the Saturday sweep, Alabama improves to 27-3 overall and 9-2 in SEC play while UK drops to 13-13 overall and 1-5 in league action.
On top of the 34 runs that broke the 28 runs in a three game series set last season against Ole Miss, the Tide also broke the single game home run record. After tying the mark in the first game with five round-trippers, UA blasted six in the night-cap to set the mark. Charlotte Morgan combined for four home runs and 11 RBI in the doubleheader.
The Tide will return home to the friendly confines of the Alabama Softball Complex to host instate rival UAB in a mid-week contest. The Tide will host the Blazers on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. UA defeated UAB in a previous meeting this season in Birmingham by the score of 10-1. Alabama will then remain at home to host Ole Miss in a three-game SEC series. The first game is scheduled for Saturday, March 29 at 1 p.m. at the UA Softball Complex.
On a day that featured cold temperatures in the high 30s, apparently the Alabama bats did not get the memo. The Crimson Tide blasted a school record five home runs to run away from Kentucky 11-2 in game one of the doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the UK Softball Complex.
The Crimson Tide opened the contest by batting around in the first, plating five runs on three hits to take a commanding 5-0 lead before UA ace Kelsi Dunne could even toe the rubber.
Before an out was even recorded, the Tide had opened up a 3-0 lead. Junior Brittany Rogers and senior Jordan Praytor got things going with a walk and a single. Sophomore Charlotte Morgan then cleared bases with a moon shot over the left field wall for her first home run on the conference season.
The Tide kept it going by making the Wildcats pay after hitting Ashley Holcombe with a pitch. Freshman Whitney Larsen blasted her second home run in as many days with a shot down the left field line that carried fair just inside of the foul pole.
Alabama continued the offensive onslaught in the top of the fourth inning by adding four runs to increase the lead to 9-0.
Junior Kelley Montalvo began the inning with a double to right center and after a Rogers line-out, Praytor reached on another single. That brought up Morgan, who hit her second home run of the game to clear the bases and increase her RBI total to six on the day.
After a Parker groundout, Dani Woods got into the action with a lined shot over the right-center field wall to hand the Tide a 9-0 lead.
Alabama did not stop there, the very next inning the Tide continued to the trend of the long ball. After a pinch-hit single by Catherine Dozier, Montalvo went deep in left-center to increase the lead to a comfortable 11-0.
Kentucky got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Meagan Aull singled through the right side to bring in Destinee Mordecai after the Wildcats had loaded the bases. Tide pitcher Allison Moore then walked Audrey Meyer to bring in Ashley Dimkich from third.
Dunne then came in to close the door for the final two outs to earn her 11th victory on the season. The freshman struck out seven and allowed one hit in 4.2 innings pitched.
Morgan paced UA at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort, driving in six runs and scoring twice. Montalvo was a perfect 2-for-2 with two RBI Praytor also collected two hits and scored twice.
Aull and Natalie Smith tallied the only hits for Kentucky. Jennifer Young (3-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing 11 runs on nine hits in five innings.
The five home runs tied a single-game record for Alabama. The feat has been accomplished four times pervious for the Tide, as it was last done on March 20, 2007 against Tennessee Tech.
Alabama continued is offensive onslaught in the second game of the doubleheader. The Tide continued to pour on the runs by earning a series sweep with a 14-4 victory.
The Tide opened the game with two runs in the first. Jordan Praytor continued to stay hot at the plate in the series with a single through the right side. The senior then stole second and was driven in by Charlotte Morgan on a double to left-center. Lauren Parker then followed with a single to left that plated Morgan from second.
The very next inning the Tide put five more on the board. Whitney Larsen doubled down the left field line and then the Wildcats issued back-to-back walks to Kelley Montalvo and Brittany Rogers. Praytor brought two home with a double to left-center.
Morgan then continued her power display in the series with another round-tripper. Morgan cleared the bases with a lined shot over the right-center wall to put her weekend tally to three home runs and 10 RBI.
In the third, Alabama tacked on one more when Ashley Holcombe blasted a solo home run to left-center. In the bottom half of the frame, Kentucky got on the board.
Megan Yocke singled through the left side to plate the first run for UK. Molly Johnson reached on a fielder's choice and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Johnson was able to score on the single.
Alabama then scored three more in the fifth and put up another three-spot in the sixth. The Tide started the frame with a leadoff home run by Dani Woods. After a Holcombe walk and a Larsen fly-out, Kellie Eubanks joined the home run show with a blast over the right-center field wall.
After three runs in the bottom of the frame by Kentucky to extend the game, Alabama closed the door and left no doubt.
Praytor concluded her stay in Lexington with a solo shot to lead off the sixth. Morgan then followed suit with her fourth home run of the day with a lined shot over the left field wall. Larsen closed out the scoring by driving in Dozier from third on a groundout to short.
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