Jackie McClain collected the big hit for the Tide lacing a one-out two-run single into centerfield that scored Jennifer Reach and Jaclyn Wilkins to tie the game at 4-4. Lacy Prejean was intentionally walked to load the bases and following a strikeout, Staci Ramsey hit a roller than scooted between the legs of WKU shortstop Natasha Sevco scoring McClain for the winning run.
Erin Wright picked up the win in relief for the Tide to improve her record to 4-2. Wright threw the final 2.1 innings striking out five batters while allowing only one hit.
In Bama's first game of the tournament, the Tide used three multi-run innings to run rule the Winthrop Eagles 8-0 in five innings.
McClain went 3-3, falling a home run short of hitting for the cycle while driving in one run and scoring one. Stephanie VanBrakle provided a big blow when she hit a towering two-run home run over the left field fence for her second of the season. Wilkins and Angela Johnson also tallied two hits with Wilkins driving in two runs while Johnson scored two runs.
Jennifer Wright collected the win for the Tide throwing five innings of shutout ball while striking out two batters and scattering four hits.
Alabama returns to action Saturday afternoon against Southern Illinois, who also won both of their games, at approximately 1:30. Western Kentucky opens Saturday action at the Bama Bash! taking on Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Tournament play will begin at 4:00 p.m. with the No. 1 seed taking on the No. 4 seed followed by the No. 2 seed against the No. 3 seed matchup at 6:30 p.m.
Day passes to the tournament are still available and can be purchased for only $5 at the gate at the UA Softball Complex. All the tournament action including live stats can also be followed on www.rolltide.com.