Morgan SEC Softball Player Of Week
Alabama won five games in SEC play last week—two against Kentucky and three vs. Arkansas—and Morgan came up big in helping Bama improve its record to 38-8 overall and 16-6 in SEC play (9-2 in Western Division competition).
Morgan, a junior from Moreno Valley, Calif., batted a team leading .714 (10-for-14) with two home runs, a team-best eight RBI, a double and two home runs to slug a team-best 1.214. She had four multi-hit games and recorded two multi-RBI games, in addition to collecting a hit in all five games and and a RBI in four. She tallied four RBI on Sunday against Arkansas and hit a home run in both games of the doubleheader on Saturday. She raised her batting average by 29 points over the weekend.
In the circle, she collected three wins with a 1.29 ERA in 16 1/3 innings. She struck out nine in a complete game win on Saturday and threw a shutout Sunday.
Alabama, ranked sixth in the nation in one poll and seventh in another, now sports a 23-1 record at the Alabama Softball Complex this season and has out-scored its opponents 163-30 at home. As a team Alabama out-scored its opponents 32-6 last week and batted .353 while holding the opposition to a .179 clip. Tide pitchers turned in a 0.88 ERA while opponents pitched at an 8.04 mark. Alabama swiped 16 bags in 17 attempts to raise its season total to 134. The Tide swiped 163 last season and the school record is 189, set in 2007.
Individually Alabama got a huge week from Ashley Holcombe, along with Morgan. Holcombe batted .538 (7-for-13) with a home run and eight RBI. The duo each had a four RBI game over the course of the week. With the big week at the plate Holcombe raised her average 43 points over the weekend.
Kelsi Dunne also had an impressive week pitching for the Tide, earning two wins while posting a 0.48 ERA. Dunne fired her third career no-hitter in the 2-1 win over Kentucky Tuesday.
Alabama will play five games this week. Bama will travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech in a doubleheader on Wednesday (games at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. EDT). The Tide will return home to host the Auburn Tigers for three games, a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. CDT Saturday and a single game Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
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