Tide Takes Pair From Razorbacks
Alabama improved to 37-8 overall and 15-6 in Southeastern Conference play. Arkansas falls to 25-19 on the season and an even 10-10 in league play.
"We looked really good in the first game and got on a roll in the second game," head coach Patrick Murphy said. "Charlotte [Morgan] looked as good as she has all season in the circle and at the plate. Ashley [Holcombe] gave us excellent production at the bottom of the order which is huge for us."
A total of 2,520 fans took in the doubleheader, which moves the attendance to a season total of 51,655, which bests last year's all-time mark. Alabama was also able to raise $3,195 in its Strikeout Breast Cancer Awareness promotion.
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.
The No. 6 Alabama softball team continued to score runs at will by running past Arkansas 7-1 Saturday in the second game of the doubleheader. Charlotte Morgan smacked another home run and was equally as impressive in the circle to lead Alabama to the sweep. After the day the Crimson Tide improves to 37-8 overall and 15-6 in Southeastern Conference play. The Razorbacks dip to 25-19 on the season and 10-10 in SEC play.
Alabama continued its scoring in the second game of the day. The Crimson Tide plated two runs in consecutive innings to take the early lead. In the second inning Ashley Holcombe continued her hot hitting by driving in two on a single up the middle that scored Amada Locke and Jennifer Fenton all the way from first.
The Crimson Tide tacked on two more in the third when Morgan connected on her second home run of the day. The line shot to right-centerfield on the 10th pitch of the at-bat scored Kelley Montalvo, who walked to start the rally.
Alabama continued its rampant scoring with three more in the fifth. With the bases loaded Cassandra Reilly-Boccia tallied an RBI the hard way by taking a pitch in the ribs to bring home Montalvo. Holcombe then struck again when she drove in two on a single to right-center that brought Locke and pinch-runner Lisa Elizondo home.
Morgan led Alabama at the plate with a 3-for-4 effort, driving in two runs and scoring a run. Holcombe batted 2-for-3 with a career-high four RBI. Morgan was just as effective in the circle, going the distance, scattering four hits while striking out nine.
Miranda Dixon (16-6) allowed seven runs on seven hits in six innings. Dixon also collected two hits at the plate.
Alabama and Arkansas will wrap up the series on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. first pitch. The matchup will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports.
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