Alabama Softball Takes Two Wins
Alabama, ranked seventh in the nation, opened the tournament with a Friday morning win over Maryland by a 4-1 score, then came back with a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Iowa.
Alabama will return to action at the Leadoff Classic when it plays two more games on Saturday. The Tide will face off against the Michigan Wolverines and the Nebraska Huskers.
Alabama sophomore Jazlyn Lunceford came through for the Crimson Tide in the seventh inning of the second game with a solo home run for the victory over Iowa in the second game of the day.
After a mishap on the base paths by Alabama in the top of the seventh, Lunceford came through. The sophomore belted a solo home run with a full count and two outs to once again lead Alabama in dramatic fashion.
Iowa rallied for three runs in the sixth to tie the score at four. The Hawkeyes came all the way back when Katie Keim drilled a double to left-centerfield to score Katie Brown.
Alabama did most of its damage in the fourth and fifth innings when it plated two runs in each frame. In the fourth, freshman Kayla Braud smacked a double to centerfield that scored Jennifer Fenton and pinch-runner Jessica Smith.
In the fifth after freshman Courtney Conley was able to score on an Iowa error, sophomore Olivia Gibson ripped a double to right-center that plated Lunceford from third.
Iowa scored its first run of the game on a solo home run by Brown. The Hawkeyes tallied eight hits and committed four errors while the Crimson Tide banged out six hits.
Braud paced the Tide at the plate with a 2-for-4 effort, driving in two runs. Lunceford scored two runs and had a RBI.
Junior Kelsi Dunne struck out 13 and went the distance to improve to 5-2 on the season. Dunn has had 30 strikeouts in her last two games.
In the opening game against Maryland, Charlotte Morgan earned the victory for Bama, allowing only one run on four hits.
Trailing Maryland 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, the Alabama offense came alive to take control of the game. With the bases loaded Whitney Larsen drew a two-out bases loaded walk that brought home Kayla Braud. Alabama then took the lead when Cassie Reilly-Boccia scored on a wild pitch, which became the eventual game-winning run.
The Crimson Tide got off to a slow start and had to play a little catch up. Maryland took advantage of an Alabama error and scored on a passed ball in the second inning. With two outs in the inning Terrapin pitcher Kerry Hickey scored from third when a Morgan pitch trickled off the glove of Kendall Dawson and got away.
Alabama tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning.. The Crimson Tide again took advantage of a Terrapin miscue when Jazlyn Lunceford scored on an error at first base. Fenton laid down a bunt and it got away from the first baseman and enabled Lunceford to score from second.
Morgan struck out four to improve to 2-0 on the season. Both teams collected four hits.
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