Softball Hits Way Past Arkansas

Behind three home runs and 10 hits the No. 6 ranked Alabama softball team opened its three game series against Arkansas with a 9-1 victory in six innings Saturday afternoon at the Alabama softball complex. With the game one victory the Crimson Tide improves to 36-8 overall and 14-6 in Southeastern Conference play. The Razorbacks drop to 25-18 on the season and 10-9 in SEC play.

Arkansas opened the scoring in the top of the second when Amie Hubbard scored on a single through the left side off the bat of Brittany Griffiths. Hubbard reached on an infield single to start the inning.

Alabama quickly responded in the bottom half when Lauren Parker took a bases loaded walk to bring in Ashley Holcombe. The Tide would tack on two more in the third. Charlotte Morgan would start the inning off with a solo shot to right. Alabama then pulled the double steal between second and home. With Kellie Eubanks getting caught in a pickle pinch-runner Cat Dozier would score on the delay.

Back-to-back home runs would lead to four more runs in the fifth inning. Amanda Locke started the barrage with a prodigious shot to dead center after seeing eight pitches. Holcombe then followed suit with a line drive shot over the left field wall. Laure Parker then tacked on a run by driving in Whitney Larsen on a single to right. Cassandra Reilly-Boccia then grounded out to bring home Brittany Rogers, who drew a walk.

Holcombe secured the win by driving in two with a single up the middle to force the mercy rule in the sixth inning. The backstop drove in pinch-runner Kendall Dawson and Kelley Montalvo.

Alabama was led at the plate by Holcombe and her three hits and three RBI. Parker drove in two runs while Morgan, Rogers and Locke all collected two hits apiece.

In the circle Kelsi Dunne improved to 19-2 on the season by tossing five innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out nine. Locke came in and tossed an inning of hitless relief.

Arkansas was led at the plate by Brittany Griffiths and her 1-for-2 effort with a RBI. Kim Jones (7-9) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings. Layne McGuirt allowed six runs on five hits in two innings of relief.

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