Alabama Softball Sweeps Auburn

With the home run eluding senior Lauren Parker all season, the former All-American sure found the opportune time to clear the fence. With two out and two strikes in the bottom of the eighth inning Parker ended the game with a walk off home run that sailed over the right-centerfield wall to give Alabama a 4-2 win over Auburn and the doubleheader sweep Saturday afternoon at the UA Softball Complex.

After the two wins, Alabama improves to 42-8 overall and 18-6 in Southeastern Conference play.

The home run capped off a record day for Alabama as it shattered the NCAA single season softball attendance record. With an Alabama single game record crowd of 3,122 the Crimson Tide moved its season attendance to 59,755, which betters the mark of 55,746 set by Fresno State in 1999.

"It was amazing," Bama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "From the bottom of our hearts I wish we could thank every single person who contributed to the record. Never in our wildest dreams did we think we could set an NCAA softball attendance record in a football town. It's a great feeling and the girls loved it. It was one of the best days of my career and it was the loudest I have ever heard it."

With the game knotted at one the Tigers were the first to break the silence in extra innings. Auburn used three hits, including a RBI single to left field off the bat of Myesha Finney that scored Lindsey Harrelson from second. Alabama quickly responded when Brittany Rogers was able to bring home pinch-runner Jazlyn Lunceford on a ground out to short. Ashley Holcombe started off the inning with a single up the middle and was later pinch run for. Eubanks sacrificed Lunceford over to second and an error caused by a sharply hit ball off the bat of Whitney Larsen put the winning run on base. Auburn started the scoring in the first inning when Finney collected her first RBI of the game. Finney found space in right field to bring home Harrelson. Alabama scored in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at one when Cassandra Reilly-Boccia drew a walk with the bases loaded that plated Rogers. Parker led Alabama at the plate with two hits and two RBI. Rogers and Holcombe were the other members of the Tide to collect a hit in game two. Finney led Auburn with three hits and two RBI while Harrelson also tallied three hits and scored twice. Charlotte Morgan pitched seven innings and scattered five hits and one run with four strikeouts in the no decision. Kelsi Dunne earned her second win of the day to improve to 22-2 on the season with an inning of relief where she allowed three hits and an unearned run. Anna Thompson (13-13) was tagged with the loss after throwing 173 pitches in 7 2/3 innings pitched. Thompson only allowed four hits and one earned run in the losing effort. She also walked 10 and struck out two. Alabama will close out the series against its rival Auburn on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Alabama Softball Complex. The seniors will be recognized before the game as it will be the last regular season appearance in Tuscaloosa for the five seniors.

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