Alabama Softball Splits Twin Bill

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 5 ranked Alabama softball team split its doubleheader with Kentucky Tuesday afternoon at the UK Softball Complex. The Tide opened the twin-bill with a 7-2 win in game one and then fell in the night cap by the score of 5-4. After the day Alabama moves to 18-7 overall and 3-2 in Southeastern Conference play.

Senior Charlotte Morgan had a big day for the Crimson Tide, banging three home runs and driving in six runs. A total of eight home runs were hit between the two teams.

Game 1

The Alabama softball team opened its doubleheader against host Kentucky with a 7-2 win Tuesday afternoon at the UK Softball Complex. The Crimson Tide drilled four home runs to continue its power surge early in SEC play.

Like so many times this season it was the opposing team that jumped out to the early lead. Kentucky was able to plate two runs with two outs in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run off the bat of Megan Yocke.

Alabama answered in the top of the third when the bats warmed up for the Tide. Sophomore Cassie Reilly-Boccia started the frame with a solo shot to dead-centerfield. Junior Whitney Larsen then drilled a triple off the top of the wall in center and was promptly brought home on a two-run homer by senior Charlotte Morgan. Senior Alex Blewitt then followed suit with a solo shot of her-own easily clearing the wall in left field.

Morgan struck again in the top of the sixth when she increased the Tide lead to 7-2. The senior belted a three run home run over the left field wall, plating sophomore Jennifer Fenton and pinch-runner Keima Davis.

Junior Kelsi Dunne earned the win and improved to 8-4 on the season after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out eight.

Morgan paced the Tide at the plate with three hits, two runs and five RBI. Fenton also tallied a multi-hit game by batting 2-for-4 in the twin-bill opener.

Game 2

After Alabama held a 2-0 lead for six innings the Wildcats responded with a five-run bottom half to earn the come from behind 5-4 win. Kentucky blasted two home runs in the inning to sink the Tide's chances of earning the doubleheader sweep.

This time Alabama got on the board first by plating a single run in the top of the third. Sophomore Jennifer Fenton got things going with a two-out walk and then freshman Kayla Braud lined a shot up the middle that scored Fenton from second after she swiped the bag.

Senior Charlotte Morgan helped her own cause with a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning to increase the Tide lead to 2-0. The blast over the right-centerfield wall was her third of the day and her seventh of the season.

Kentucky evened the score in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run home run and then took the lead with a three-run shot. Megan Yocke drove in Natalie Smith with a home run to left-center and then Brittany Cervantes provided the big blow with the three-run shot.

The Tide tried to mount yet another comeback but fell a run short. Alabama was able to cut the Kentucky lead to two when freshman Courtney Conley was able to score from third on a wild pitch. Fenton then drove home pinch-runner Catherine Dozier on a sharply hit single up the middle to pull the Tide within one.

Braud paced the Tide at the plate with two hits and an RBI while Morgan added a solo home run and Fenton scored a run and drove in one.

Morgan (2-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on five hits in five innings pitched. Lauren Sewell allowed two runs on two hits and struck out one in an inning of relief.

Alabama will return from its five-game road trip to host Florida International on Thursday, March 18 in a single contest. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Alabama will then host its first home SEC series of the season when it welcomes South Carolina to the Softball Complex. The first of the three games set is slated for Saturday.

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