Alabama Softball Wins And Loses
"We came out well against a good DePaul team to start the day," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "In the second game we ran into a hot Michigan team and just did too little too late. I thought we did a good job on cutting down our strikeouts and again played well defensively. We just have to finish strong tomorrow."
Alabama erupted for eight runs to down visiting DePaul in five innings Saturday to start day two of the Easton Challenge. Sophomores Cassie Reilly-Boccia and Jennifer Fenton both went deep to lead Alabama to the 8-0 win. After the victory the Crimson Tide improves to 13-4 overall and DePaul drops to 7-5 on the season.
Reilly-Boccia set the tone in the first inning by hitting a home run to dead centerfield. The Tide then erupted for five runs in the third inning to take a commanding 6-0 lead after three innings.
Fenton provided the punch for Alabama with a three-run shot over the centerfield wall. The home run brought home sophomores Kendall Dawson and Amanda Locke. Alabama started the scoring in the frame when Dawson got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score pinch-runner Lisa Elizondo. Junior Whitney Larsen then scored on a wild pitch.
Alabama put the game away with two more runs in the fifth. After a Locke double, Dawson followed with a double of her own to score Locke. Fenton then ended the game with a single up the middle that scored pinch-runner Courtney Conley.
Freshman Lauren Sewell went the distance for the Tide, tossing five innings and allowing two hits while striking out eight to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Fenton and Dawson paced Alabama at the plate with two hits apiece. Fenton scored a run and drove in four while Dawson scored twice and tallied two RBIs.
Game 2 In the rubber game between the two teams the No. 7 ranked Michigan Wolverines downed Alabama, 4-2. After the day the Tide moves to 13-5 overall while the Wolverines improve to 13-4.
Michigan put three runs on the board in the third and that proved to be the difference. With two outs Dorian Shaw hit a three-run home run to left-center that scored Roya St. Clair and Maggie Viefhaus.
Alabama got one run back in the fifth when junior Whitney Larsen led off the inning with a prodigious blast to left field.
In the seventh the Wolverines tacked on its final insurance run with a single off the bat of Angela Findlay that plated Steph Kirkpatrick.
Alabama tried to mount a comeback in the bottom half when sophomore Amanda Locke hit a moon shot over the left field wall to pull the score to the final margin of 4-2.
The Crimson Tide will wrap up the Easton Challenge on Sunday against DePaul. The two teams will meet at 12:15 p.m. after the South Carolina and Michigan game that will start at 10 a.m.
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