Notes From Bama's Softball Victory
Alabama qualified for its sixth NCAA Women's College World Series in just the 13th season of the program with the Super Regional sweep of Jacksonville State. It is the Tide's second straight trip to Oklahoma City and its fourth in the last five years.
The Crimson Tide has outscored their opposition 47-4 in five NCAA postseason games in 2009.
Tide sophomore Kelsi Dunne tossed her second consecutive no-hitter and the sixth of her career. The six career no-hitters set a new Alabama record, passing Stephanie VanBrakle.
After a five-inning no-hitter in game one of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Super Regional on Friday, Dunne became the first Alabama player to throw back-to-back no-hitters.
It is also the first time in NCAA postseason history that a pitcher has thrown back-to-back no-hitters. It ties the most no-hitters in a NCAA Tournament (regional, super regional and College World Series), joining UCLA's Lisa Fernandez (1993) and Cal State Fullerton's Kathy Van Wyk (1982). Fernandez's no-hitters came in a three-game stretch in the 1993 College World Series.
Dunne missed a perfect game by a single walk in the bottom of the fifth inning. She fanned seven on just 69 pitches to improve to 27-3 on the season.
Dunne has now thrown 11.2 consecutive hitless innings and 15 consecutive scoreless innings, both dating back to a 10-1 in the second game of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional on May 16.
Dunne's 27 wins is the fifth-best single-season total in school history while her 233 strikeouts seventh in the single-season chart.
Alabama is now 30-9 in NCAA Regional play and 23-3 in NCAA Regional games played in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama earned its 22nd run-rule victory of the season by defeating Jacksonville State 9-0 in five innings Saturday. The run-rule win is the eighth in regional play and third in the last two years against Jacksonville State.
Alabama improved to 31-1 at home this season and has now won 25 straight at the Alabama Softball Complex. Charlotte Morgan is batting .494 (38-for-77) at home with six home runs and 26 RBI. Freshman Cassie Reilly-Boccia is batting .406 (26-for-64) with 11 doubles, two home runs and a team-high 30 RBI at home.
Over the last 20 games where Alabama sports an 19-1 record, Charlotte Morgan is batting .489 (23 for 47) with four home runs and 18 RBI. Ashley Holcombe is batting .440 with six home runs and 33 RBI.
Cassie Reilly-Boccia leads Alabama during the 2009 postseason (NCAA only) with a .636 batting average, a .750 on-base percentage and a 1.182 slugging percentage. The freshman has three doubles, a home run and six RBI. Kelley Montalvo is close behind at .500 with a double, a home run and five RBI.
Jacksonville State notes
JSU caps its seventh 40-win season and its sixth in the past seven seasons.
The two shutouts mark the first time the Gamecocks have been shutout in consecutive games since March 2, 2007, when they were held scoreless by UCF and Virginia Tech in the same day.
The eight walks issued by Ashley Eliasson are a career high, surpassing the six that she issued Florida State in last year's Tuscaloosa Regional.
The two losses mark the first time the Gamecocks have lost back-to-back games via the run rule in the program's Division I history.
The Gamecocks fall to 8-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, with four of their last five losses coming to the Crimson Tide.
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