Alabama Softball Wins And Loses

The No. 6 ranked Alabama softball team split its two games Saturday in day two of the Easton Challenge. The Crimson Tide opened the day with an 8-0 win in five innings over DePaul and then fell to No. 7 ranked Michigan, 4-2. After the day Alabama moves to 13-5 on the season and 1-2 in the tournament.

"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."

Game 1

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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