Sewell, Gibson Lead Tide Win

Freshman pitcher Lauren Sewell entered with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the seventh inning with a two-run Alabama lead and struck out Samantha Morgan on four pitches to save the 6-4 victory over DePaul Sunday at the Alabama Softball Complex. With the win the Crimson Tide improves to 14-5 on the year and finished the Easton Challenge with a 2-2 record.

"Hats off to Lauren Sewell to come in with the bases loaded and get the job done," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "I looked over at her and asked her if she was ready and she didn't hesitate and did a good job. I thought the team defense was better this weekend but we still need to put the ball in play."

Alabama struck early, plating five runs in the bottom of the first. With the bases loaded Olivia Gibson provided the clutch hit of the inning with a bases clearing double driven down the third base line. Gibson's double drove in Whitney Larsen and Charlotte Morgan, while Amanda Locke came around from first to score after the left fielder misfielded the hard hit double. Kayla Braud and Cassie Reilly-Boccia also scored earlier in the inning.

Braud scored in the bottom of the fourth off of Reilly-Boccia's double to right center, giving the Tide a 6-0 lead.

DePaul refused to go away quietly, scoring four in the top of the sixth to pull within two. Alex Morocco hit a line drive up the middle, scoring Shea Warren and Tara Voss. The Blue Demons had two other runs come across in the sixth to pull within 6-4.

Kelsi Dunne picked up the win for the Tide, giving up four runs on six hits, all four runs were earned. Dunne struck out six while only allowing two walks in five and 2/3 innings of work to move to 6-3 on the season.

Lauren Sewell earned her first collegiate save striking out the only batter she faced to end the game.

Becca Heteniak was tagged with the loss for DePaul, giving up five runs, four earned on three hits.

Alabama will return to the diamond on Tuesday to face Liberty in a doubleheader. The first game of the twin-bill is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at the Alabama Softball Complex.

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