Tide Softball Sweeps Tech

ATLANTA – Nationally fifth-ranked Alabama softball put together its best doubleheader effort of the season Wednesday, blanking No. 20 Georgia Tech behind two stellar pitching performances at Shirley Clements Mewborn Field. The Crimson Tide earned the win in game one in five innings by the score of 8-0 and had a 10-0 win in six innings behind a no-hitter by Charlotte Morgan in the nightcap.



After the day Alabama improves to 40-6 overall while Georgia Tech moves to 35-13 on the season.

"We put together our best effort in back-to-back games since we played Oklahoma and Hawaii," Coach Patrick Murphy said. "I thought Charlotte threw her best game of her career. To come into this nice facility with a good crowd and run-rule them twice required a great performance across the board."

The Alabama pitchers combined to give up only two hits in the doubleheader as Morgan tossed her first career no-hitter and Kelsi Dunne had a perfect game until the fifth inning. Kellie Eubanks broke out at the plate with a combined three hits and five RBI while Ashley Holcombe banged out three hits and tallied six RBI.

Game 1

The No. 5 ranked Alabama softball team cruised to an 8-0 victory in five innings over the No. 20 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in game one of a twin bill at the recently opened Shirley Clements Mewborn Field in downtown Atlanta Wednesday afternoon. The Crimson Tide did not have a single hit through the first three innings, but quickly put up three runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth to secure the run-rule victory.

Alabama struck first in the game with a productive fourth inning, plating three in the top of the fourth, after being kept without a hit in the first three innings. Amanda Locke reached on a fielder's choice in which Charlotte Morgan was put out at second. Cassandra Reilly-Boccia walked, advancing Locke to second.

Ashley Holcombe singled up the middle scoring Locke and both Reilly-Boccia and Holcombe advanced to third and second, respectively. Reilly-Boccia and Holcombe would both come around to score on a Texas leaguer over the Yellow Jackets third baseman's head hit by Kellie Eubanks, giving the Tide a 3-0 lead.

The Tide would continued its success at the plate in the fifth inning scoring five runs to capture the eight needed to win the game in five innings. Brittany Rogers lead off the fifth with a walk, then advanced to second on a stolen base and advanced to third when Lauren Parker grounded out to second.

Kelley Montalvo also walked and stole second. Morgan would also walk to load the bases for Reilly-Boccia who would also walk, which would score Rogers from third and keep the bases loaded.

Holcombe would score two more for the Tide, with a single up the middle plating both Montalvo and Morgan and advancing Reilly-Boccia to third. Holcombe went on to steal second base making way for Kellie Eubanks to single to right which would score another pair of runs for Alabama, bringing in Reilly-Boccia and Holcombe.

Holcombe continued her success at the plate by banging out two hits, scoring two runs and driving in three. Eubanks broke out in a big way for the Tide, batting 2-for-3 with a season best four RBI.

Kelsi Dunne (20-2) earned the win for Alabama with a lights out performance, shutting out the Yellow Jackets and only allowing two hits, striking out seven and did not allow a single walk. Dunne did not allow a hit until the fifth inning.

Kristen Adkins (18-7) was charged with the loss after giving up eight earned runs, on five hits. The Yellow Jackets sophomore struck out five, but gave up seven walks to Alabama.

Game 2

The No. 5 ranked Alabama softball team were victorious in its second game of Wednesday's doubleheader, defeating the No. 20 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 10-0. Charlotte Morgan led Alabama to its second victory of the day throwing her first career no-hitter in front of a packed house at Shirley Clements Mewborn Field in Atlanta.

"It felt good to be able to go out there and be confident in everything that I am throwing," Morgan said. "To have this defense behind me and have a lineup scoring 1-9 gives a pitcher a lot more confidence to go out there and trust their pitches."

Morgan was nearly perfect as her only blemish was a hit batter in the fifth inning. The southpaw struck out five and had to throw only 66 pitches to improve to 13-6 on the season.

Alabama scored first once again, plating two runs in the top of the second. Whitney Larsen walked and stole second and tagged up to advance to third on a Kellie Eubanks deep fly ball in foul territory just shy of the right field wall. Catherine Dozier walked and stole second. Brittany Rogers hit a high one hopper over the pitchers head to score both Larsen and Dozier.

The Tide would add to its lead in the top of the fourth when Eubanks hit a booming shot that hit the scoreboard and into the parking lot beyond left field, giving Alabama a 3-0 lead and Eubanks her first home run of the season.

Alabama had another strong fifth inning effort at the plate, bringing in four runs in the frame. Jennifer Fenton singled to shortstop and advanced to second when Reilly-Boccia walked. Both runners advanced to third and second, respectively on a passed ball. Fenton scored sliding under the tag at home plate when Montalvo hit a ground ball to the shortstop and the Tech shortstop went back to home attempting to throw out Fenton. Holcombe would bring both runners home on a crushing home run that hit off of the Mewborn Field scoreboard.

Eubanks walked to lead off the inning and advanced to third on Dozier's single to right field, then Dozier stole second. Reilly-Boccia would bring in both Eubanks and Dozier when she hit her third home run of the season over the center field wall.

Reilly-Boccia led the Tide at the plate with two hits including a home run, three RBI and scored two runs. Eubanks was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a home run.

Alabama will close out its regular season home slate against Auburn. The three-game series begins at 1 p.m. CDT Saturday. Sunday play begins at 1:30.

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