Tide Softball Sweeps Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. – The nationally second-ranked Alabama softball team needed extra frames for a 5-4 win in the opening game of a doubleheader before blasting Auburn 12-1 in the second game to complete the sweep in front of 917 fans at Jane B. Moore Field Saturday afternoon.

The Crimson Tide ran their winning streak to 17 games, including 14-straight in SEC play. Alabama is 38-3 on the season and 17-2 in league play while the Tigers fall to 33-13 overall and 9-9 in conference action.

"We made enough pitches and enough plays to pull out a win in that first game," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "I really liked the way we came out aggressive at the plate in the second game. We told the girls, just like last week against LSU, take the momentum from the first game and carry it over to the second game and they did that."

The Tide and Tigers wrap up their three-game set at 1 p.m. Sunday from Jane B. Moore Field.

Game 1: Alabama 5, Auburn 4 (8 inns.)

Kellie Eubanks blasted a two-out solo home run over the left field fence in the top of the eighth inning to propel second-ranked Alabama to a 5-4 extra-innings win over Auburn in the opening game of a doubleheader at Jane B. Moore Field Saturday afternoon.

Kelsi Dunne tossed a complete-game gem in the circle, striking out a career-high 15 en route to her 16th win of the season. She allowed just two earned runs on six hits with the only true mistake to Tatiana Fernandez in the first inning.

Fernandez got the Tigers on the board when she deposited a two-out, two-strike home run down the right-field line.

Charlotte Morgan, the reigning national player of the week, answered right back with a scalded line drive to right field that cleared the top of the wall for solo home run to leadoff the second inning and knot the game at 1-1.

The Tide took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Morgan that plated Brittany Rogers, who led off the inning with her second hit of the day. Rogers then swiped her 42nd base of the season and moved to third on Dani Woods' fly ball to center.

After Whitney Larsen and Rogers opened the fifth inning with singles, Jordan Praytor laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, and Woods drove them home with a first-pitch single up the middle that gave the Tide a 4-1 lead.

The Tigers fought back to within one run in to bottom of the fifth inning with two unearned runs.

Auburn then tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning on a bases-load walk as the Tigers got the benefit of three extremely close ball calls.

Rogers led the Tide with three hits while Woods had two hits and two RBI. Morgan came through with RBIs 50 and 51 while Kelley Montalvo was 2 for 4.

Angel Bunner took the loss for Auburn, falling to 6-1 on the season, after allowing Eubanks eighth-inning home run.

Game 2: Alabama 12, Auburn 1

Charlotte Morgan completely dominated Auburn in the circle to lead second-ranked Alabama to a 12-1 win over the Tigers in the second game of a doubleheader at Jane B. Moore Field Saturday afternoon.

Morgan has registered wins in six-straight appearances in the circle to improve to 10-0 on the season. The southpaw allowed just one run on four hits over 5.2 innings with one strikeout.

Dani Woods again paced the Crimson Tide's offense attack with a 2-for-4 performance that included a two-run home run and a RBI double. Kelley Montalvo added two RBI and her sixth home run of the year.

Tigers' ace Anna Thompson took the loss to fall to 11-8 on the season. She surrendered three runs on three hits in three innings of work while walking two and striking out three.

Jordan Praytor staked the Tide to an early 1-0 lead when she blasted a Thompson pitch deep over the center-field fence for her third home run.

Alabama used the long ball again in the third inning to go on top 3-0 when Woods cracked her seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot, off the scoreboard in left-center field.

Woods drove in her third run of the game with a double down the left-field line and Montalvo single home a run in the fifth as the Tide extended the lead to 6-0.

The Tide got a little help from the Tigers in the sixth for an 8-0 lead with a wild pitch from reliever Brittany Day and an error on shortstop Kyndall White.

The Tigers finally tallied a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. The run extended the game to the seventh inning and allowed the Tide coaching staff to get Chrissy Owens 1.1 innings in the circle where she struck out three.

Alabama tacked on four more runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by Montalvo's home run, a RBI double by Whitney Larsen and a two-RBI double by Katie Johnson.

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