Disappointing Tide Softball Result

The No. 2 ranked Alabama softball team dropped the third game of its three game season opening series against No. 9 Missouri by the score of 9-0 Sunday afternoon at the Alabama Softball Complex. With the loss the Tide slips to 1-2 on the season, while the Tigers improve to 2-1.

"It was a disappointing day all the way around," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "I was disappointed that no adjustments were made. They (Missouri) did everything right and we did everything wrong. We just needed to find a way to come back but we couldn't get anything going offensively. We just have to put it behind us and get ready to play on Tuesday."

The Tigers took control of the game early, scoring three runs in the first inning. Megan Christopher had the big hit of the inning with a double to right center field, scoring two.

Missouri put the game away in the fourth inning, scoring five runs. Christopher once again provided the clutch hit of the inning with a two-run single to right center field.

The Crimson Tide struggled in all facets of the game Sunday, only mustering two hits while giving up three defensive errors and nine hits.

Kelsi Dunne was tagged with the loss for Alabama, giving up four runs on four hits. Three of the runs were earned. Dunne struck out five in three innings of work, walking one and hitting two batters. Dunne drops to 0-2 on the season.

Chelsea Thomas picked up the win for Missouri with a two-hit shutout. Thomas struck out 12 while walking only one in five innings to improve to 2-0 on the year.

The game marked the end of Kayla Braud's 105 game hitting streak, stretching back to her high school career.

The Tide will return to the Alabama Softball Complex Tuesday at 4 p.m. with a midweek game against South Alabama before heading south next weekend for the Stetson Tournament in Deland, Fla.

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