Alabama Softball Falls In Finals
The loss broke an 11-game winning streak for Alabama.
The Knights jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. UCF collected five hits to open the game in the first inning to score three runs, all on singles to put the pressure on the Crimson Tide.
Alabama came back with two runs in the top of the third to cut the UCF lead to one. The Tide got its first run on the board when sophomore Jazlyn Lunceford belted a towering home run to left field.
Senior Charlotte Morgan then later hit a sacrifice fly that scored sophomore Jennifer Fenton from third. Fenton reached on a sharply hit liner to third and after a stolen base, she was moved to third on a bunt single by freshman Kayla Braud.
Sophomore Amanda Locke was tagged with her first career loss by allowing all three runs on six hits in four innings. Junior Kelsi Dunne pitched a perfect two innings of relief.
UCF pitcher Ashleigh Cole improved to 5-4 on the season, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three.
Alabama collected four hits on the day while UCF banged out six hits, with five coming in the first inning. Braud led all Tide hitters over the tournament by batting .571 (8-for-14), scoring six runs and stealing four bases.
Alabama will now return home to host the Easton Challenge. The tournament will showcase four teams, including Michigan, Depaul and South Carolina. The first game is slated for Friday and will feature USC against Depaul at 3:30 p.m. CST. Alabama will face Michigan at 6 p.m.
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