Tide Softball Wins 18th Straight
"I was seeing the ball really well today," Woods said following Sunday's game. "She (Auburn pitcher Anna Thompson) is a high-ball pitcher, and we knew we had to make her bring it down. She got it down where I could handle it a couple of times, and I put good swings on them."
Woods finished the day 2 for 3 with three RBI and two runs scored while posting a .545 average (6 for 11) for the weekend against the Tigers. She cracked three home runs, two doubles and drove in eight with a 1.545 slugging percentage.
"What a clutch performance by Dani (Woods)," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "She had another great day and we really needed it. Both her and Charlotte (Morgan) were money today."
Charlotte Morgan was amazingly efficient in the circle to improve to 11-0 on the season, including a 7-0 mark in conference play. Morgan allowed just two runs – one earned – on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
She threw just 66 pitches over her 6.1 innings of work with 48 strikes and just 18 balls. Morgan needed just three pitches in the fifth inning to retire the Tigers. At the plate, she also connected for his 12th home run of the year.
Chrissy Owens earned his fifth save of the season by retiring the final two Auburn hitters in order in the seventh inning.
Alabama improved to 39-3 on the season and 18-2 in Southeastern Conference play with the win. The Tide has reeled off 18-consecutive wins, including 15-straight in league play. Auburn fell to 33-14 with the loss and 9-10 in SEC action.
Anna Thompson absorbed her second-straight loss to fall to 11-9 on the season. All four runs she allowed on Sunday and the three she surrendered on Saturday came via five Alabama home runs.
The Tigers took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on Jorja Bell's RBI single off the outstretched glove of Kelley Montalvo at third base. The single scored Kyndall White, who doubled off the left-center field wall with one out.
For the second time in the series, Morgan answered an early 1-0 Auburn lead with a solo home run. Morgan's third-inning home run landed deep over the left-field fence, and was her 52nd RBI of the season.
Auburn went right back on top in the bottom of the fourth as a Bell ground ball got underneath the glove of Kellie Eubanks at shortstop and allowed Kyndall White to score for a 2-1 Tiger lead.
Again the Crimson Tide responded in the top of the fifth inning with the long ball as Woods hammered a towering drive over the right-field wall. The two-run shot put Alabama back in the lead at 3-2.
Woods continued her torrid pace at the plate with two down in the top of the seventh inning with her second home run of the game, giving Alabama a two-run cushion at 4-2. The opposite-field shot hit off the top of the Auburn logo at the top of the scoreboard in left-center field. It was Woods' third home run of the weekend off Thompson, and her fifth in her last five games. The next action for Alabama comes at Liberty Park in Vestavia Hills, Ala., on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., when the Tide square off with the U.S. Olympic Team.
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