Tide Wins Third Straight Over OSU

DELAND, Fla. – The No. 8 ranked Alabama softball team claimed the Hatter Invitational championship by defeating No. 14 Ohio State for the third time on the weekend by the score of 7-1 Sunday morning at Patricia Wilson Field. The Crimson Tide has now won six straight games and earned five victories over the course of the tournament to improve to 7-2 on the year.

Alabama freshman Kayla Braud ignited the Tide at the plate all weekend by finishing her first road trip with a 3-for-3 performance, adding two runs and a stolen base. Over the weekend the rookie batted .615 (8-for-13) with four runs and five RBIs.

The Tide scored a pair of runs in the first two innings to jump out to a 4-0 lead and then tacked on another two in the fourth and the final tally in the fifth. Alabama put the pair on the board to open the game on the strength of an RBI off the bat of sophomore Jazlyn Lunceford that plated sophomore Cassie Reilly-Boccia. Senior Charlotte Morgan scored on an Ohio State error off the bat of freshman Courtney Conley.

Alabama took advantage of another OSU error when Braud was able to score on a dropped pop up at second base. Lunceford again came through with a RBI groundout that scored Reilly-Boccia.

In the fourth Braud got the inning started with a single and was promptly brought home on an RBI double off the bat of Reilly-Boccia. Junior Whitney Larsen then executed a squeeze play to perfection, scoring pinch-runner Keima Davis from third.

The final run came off the bat of Conley. The newcomer drilled a double to right-center that scored pinch-runner Lisa Elizondo.

Junior Kelsi Dunne capped off her homecoming by earning the win on the strength of 4 2/3 innings of relief. Dunne allowed just one hit and struck out eight to improve to 3-2 on the season. Morgan started the game for the Tide and allowed one run on five hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Three of Alaama's wins in its current six-game winning streak came in the Hatter Invitational against Ohio State.

Alabama will continue its road trip by heading to UAB on Tuesday. The two instate foes will open the new Blazers softball stadium under the lights. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.

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