Alabama Softball Earns A Split

The No. 2 Alabama softball team opened its season by splitting a pair of games with No. 9 Missouri in Saturday's doubleheader. The Tigers took game one with a 2-1 victory in which they only allowed Alabama two hits. The Tide turned quite dramatically in game two with Alabama scoring six in the first inning, before winning 9-0.



"In the second game we had one senior, one junior and seven underclassmen and its going to be a work in progress," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "There are going to be a lot of new people and a lot of new faces the whole time. We could have been pouting after game one but I liked how we came back and put those six runs up early. It was a really good statement."

An impressive crowd of 2,243 attended the twin-bill despite the cold temperature.

Alabama and Missouri will close out the three game series tomorrow at noon.

GAME ONE

The Crimson Tide fell 2-1 to the Missouri Tigers in its season opener Saturday afternoon. Tiger ace Chelsea Thomas held the Tide hitless until the sixth inning when Alabama tied the game at 1-1.

The Tigers struck first in the third inning. Jaydee Young singled to center, stole second and then came around to score on Rhea Taylor's single to right.

Alabama came back in the bottom of the sixth when Cassandra Reilly-Boccia brought in Kayla Braud with a single to right, tying the game at 1-1.

The comeback attempt fell short though as Nicole Hudson hit a clutch home run with two outs in the top of the seventh, pushing the score to the final 2-1.

Alabama freshman Kayla Braud kept her 103-game hitting streak alive with a single in the bottom of the sixth, taking her streak to 104.

Kelsi Dunne struck out 12 while not allowing a walk in her seven innings of work. Dunne gave up five hits and two earned runs and was tagged with the loss.

Thomas struck out 11 in seven innings of work while picking up the win for Missouri.

GAME TWO

Alabama found its bats in game two against Missouri, beating the Tigers 9-0 in game two of the season opening doubleheader. After only mustering up two hits in the first game the Tide found six of them in the first inning, accompanying them with six runs. Charlotte Morgan struck out 10 while earning her 45-th career win at The Capstone.

The Crimson Tide wasted no time getting the offense going in game two. Jennifer Fenton drew a lead off walk, Kayla Braud then singled on a bunt to the pitcher. Morgan would then double to left, scoring Fenton and Braud would score on the play with a throwing error from the left fielder. Cassandra Reilly-Boccia smashed a home run over the center field wall scoring Morgan and herself. After Whitney Larsen flied out to deep center, Amanda Locke homered to left and was followed by Courtney Conley, sending one over the center field fence, taking the early lead to 6-0.

Alabama went back on the offensive in the bottom of the fourth, tacking on three more. Braud started out the inning with another leadoff walk, Morgan would walk as well advancing Braud to second. Lisa Elizondo entered to pinch run for Morgan. Reilly-Boccia pushed both runners to third and second, respectively with a well-executed sacrifice bunt. Larsen reached base on a throwing error by the Missouri shortstop, scoring Braud and advancing Elizondo to second. Locke doubled to left center advancing Larsen to third and scoring Elizondo. Alex Blewitt would pinch hit later in the inning and hit a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Larsen.

Morgan tied the Alabama career record for runs batted in with her RBI in the first inning. Braud extended her hitting streak to 105 games, including her high school career.

Kristin Nottelmann surrendered six earned runs on six hits in her short one and 2/3 innings and was tagged with the loss for Missouri.

Morgan struck out 10 and only allowed one walk in her five inning shutout victory.

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