Tide Routs Georgia In Softball Twin Bill
With two five-inning run-rule wins, the Crimson Tide improved to 49-4 on the season and 25-2 in SEC action. Georgia falls to 42-21 overall and 13-14 in league play.
"We really swung the bat well today," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "We came out aggressive and it really translated into runs on the scoreboard. Then you throw in grand slams from Jordan (Praytor) and Kelley (Montalvo) and that really made it a great day."
The Crimson Tide goes for the sweep on Sunday at 1 p.m. with the game televised on Fox Sports with Bernie Guenther calling the action and Cheri Kempf with analysis.
Game 1: Alabama 12, Georgia 3
Alabama scored 12 runs on eight hits highlighted by Jordan Praytor's fifth-inning grand slam as the top-ranked Crimson Tide rolled to a 12-3 win over Georgia in the opening game of a doubleheader on Saturday at the UGA Softball Complex.
Kelsi Dunne improved to 21-3 in the circle, surrendering just one hit with six strikeouts over four innings. Chrissy Owens pitched the fifth inning for the Tide, allowing two runs four hits. Christie Hamilton (11-3) took the loss for the Bulldogs allowing nine runs on seven hits.
At the plate the Charlotte Morgan and Kelley Montalvo led the way with two hits each. Morgan also had two RBI and two runs scored while Montalvo had a RBI and one run scored.
The Tide roughed up UGA's Hamilton in the first inning for five runs on three hits. Kellie Eubanks highlighted the inning with a three-run home run down the left field line. UA also got a RBI single from Montalvo and scored a run on a wild pitch by Hamilton.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning when senior catcher Melissa Wood led off with her 10th home run of the season to straight-away center field – it was the only hit allowed by Dunne in the game.
Alabama got that run back in the third inning when Morgan's leadoff double came around to score on an attempted double steal. The Tide then punched in two more runs in the fourth inning on Morgan's two RBI single up the middle to extend the lead to 8-1.
Praytor then capped the win for Alabama with her first career grand slam in the fifth inning. Georgia plated two runs on four this – two infield singles – in the fifth inning.
Game 2: Alabama 10, Georgia 1
Alabama scored eight runs in the first two innings en route to a 10-1 win over Georgia in five innings in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the UGA Softball Complex
Charlotte Morgan went 2 for 3 with a RBI and three runs scored at the plate while improving to 14-1 in the circle with a complete game. She allowed just one run on five hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Kelley Montalvo went 2 for 3 at the plate with five RBI, highlighted by a second-inning grand slam. Whitney Larsen also went 2 for 3 and drove in three runs. Montalvo finished the day with four hits in five at bats and six RBI.
The Tide sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning and scored four runs on three hits off two Georgia pitchers. Morgan singled home a run while Ashley Holcombe and Kelli Eubanks both doubled in runs.
The Bulldogs starting pitcher Sarah McCloud left the game with an injury after throwing one pitch to her third batter. Christie Hamilton came on to replace McCloud, who suffered the loss to fall to 14-6. Hamilton allowed eight runs – six earned – on eight hits in five innings of work.
Alabama continued to pour it on in the second inning with Montalvo's grand slam to gave the Tide an 8-0 lead. It was UA's second grand slam of the doubleheader and the sixth this season. Larsen then doubled in two more runs in the fourth inning to make it 10-1.
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