Alabama Takes Two Of Three From Dogs

ATHENS, Ga. – In the rubber game between the two highly ranked Southeastern Conference programs, the Alabama softball team banged out 14 hits and drilled four home runs to rout Georgia, 13-4 Sunday afternoon at the UGA Softball Stadium. With the win the Crimson Tide improves to 17-6 on the season and 2-1 in SEC play.

Alabama used a three run fifth and exploded for nine runs in the sixth to earn the victory. Six different Crimson Tide batters posted multi-hit games.

After the day Georgia falls to 19-3 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Alabama took advantage of a Georgia error and a leadoff double by sophomore Kendall Dawson. In the top of the third freshman Kayla Braud smacked a lined shot through the left side but Bulldog left fielder Megan Wiggins mishandled the ball to allow Dawson to score from second.

In the top of the fifth the Tide began to flex its muscles. To lead off the inning senior pinch-hitter Alex Blewitt took the second pitch she saw over the left field fence to extend the Alabama lead to 2-0. Sophomore Jennifer Fenton followed suit with a solo shot of her own, driving a 3-1 pitch into the trees in right-center field, giving Alabama a 3-0 advantage.

Alabama added to its lead in the fifth when sophomore Olivia Gibson fisted a 3-2 pitch into centerfield to bring home junior Whitney Larsen from second.

After Georgia scored a single run in the bottom of the fifth the Tide blew the game wide open. Senior Charlotte Morgan cleared the bases with a moon shot grand slam over the left field wall to extend its lead to 10-1.

The balls kept flying for Alabama in the inning as Dawson lined a three-run shot over the centerfield wall to score pinch-runner Lisa Elizondo and Jazlyn Lunceford.

Fenton, Braud and Reilly-Boccia set the table for the Tide all day as the trio collected two hits apiece. Fenton added two runs and two RBI. Dawson batted 2-for-4, adding two runs and three RBI.

Junior pitcher Kelsi Dunne (7-4) earned the win, capping off the series with a save and a victory. The right hander went the distance, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out eight in six innings.

Alabama will continue its spring break with a midweek SEC doubleheader. UA will head to Lexington, Ky., to face the Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday, March 16. First pitch is slated for 12:30 CT at the UK Softball Complex.

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