Tide Wins Bash With Another Shutout
"We were able to give a lot of people opportunities this and they all responded for the most part," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "We didn't give up an earned run all weekend and we played good defense which is a good sign this early in the season."
Alabama banged out 12 hits and plated eight runs in six innings to run its streak to four straight games of closing the door early on its opponent. With the conclusion of the tournament, Alabama improves its BAMA Bash record to 52-7.
The Crimson Tide plated two runs in the first, one in the second and put up a four spot in the fifth before closing the game with a run in the sixth. Amanda Locke added another RBI to her tally by bringing home Kelley Montalvo on a fielder's choice to right field in the first. Senior Lauren Parker then singled up the middle to score Locke to end the scoring in the frame.
Freshman Jazlyn Lunceford made things happen on the base paths in the second by stealing second and then scoring on the same play on an errant throw that hit off her helmet and caromed into left field.
Lunceford would strike again to help lead a four run charge in the fifth. The newcomer belted her first career home run down the right field line into the construction zone to expand the Crimson Tide lead to 7-0. In the sixth, freshman Kendall Dawson ended the game with a RBI single down the right field line that brought home Larsen from second.
The freshmen Lunceford and Jennifer Fenton collected two hits apiece to lead Alabama. Lunceford scored two runs and posted three RBI while Dawson and Kellie Eubanks chipped in a RBI apiece. Parker continued her hot hitting with a 2-for-3 effort and a RBI.
Sophomore Kelsi Dunne earned her third win on the season with another 12 strikeout performance. The right hander allowed just one hit and issued one walk in six complete innings.
Montalvo, Locke, Parker and Fenton were named to the BAMA Bash All-Tournament team. Parker was named the MVP after batting .583 (7-for-12) with four RBI and two runs scored. Parker hit safely in seven straight at bats to collect all her hits.
Alabama will head to California to play in the Cathedral City Classic. The Crimson Tide opens play against BYU on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m. CT. Alabama will play a total of five games, including contests against highly ranked Oklahoma and UCLA.
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