Bama Bats Explode In Record Win

The No. 5 Alabama softball team tied a school record with a 14-run inning and six home runs to earn a series sweep over South Carolina by the score of 21-1 Sunday afternoon at the Alabama Softball Complex. The 21 runs equals the most scored in a game in UA school history as does the 20-run margin of victory. The 21 runs are the most scored by the Tide in Southeastern Conference play.

After the sweep, Alabama improves to 22-7 overall and 6-2 in SEC games.

"I have always said to not waste an at bat no matter what the score and today everyone took advantage of their opportunity," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "I can't remember many days like this where we had people coming off the bench hitting home runs in wet and cold conditions."

Alabama opened its scoring in a hurry by plating a run in the first without an out. After freshman Kayla Braud bunted her way on she eventually came around to score on an illegal pitch after stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by the catcher.

The Tide then quickly loaded the bases and added another run when senior Alex Blewitt hit a sac-fly to centerfield that scored sophomore Cassie Reilly-Boccia from third. Sophomore Jazlyn Lunceford continued to pour it on in the first for the Tide as her shot up the middle plated senior Charlotte Morgan from second to give Alabama the early 3-0 lead.

In the second inning the Tide exploded for 14 runs – tying a school record for runs in an inning on the strength of three home runs. After taking advantage of some miscues by the Gamecock defense the Crimson Tide flexed its muscles.

Morgan drilled a two-run double off the very top of the wall in left-centerfield to bring home Reilly-Boccia and Braud. After Lunceford singled home Larsen, Braud tallied her first career home run with a grand slam to right-center to bring home Fenton, Olivia Gibson and Lunceford.

After collecting her first career hit yesterday, freshman Jackey Branham hit a three-run shot for her first home run. The very next at-bat fellow newcomer Courtney Conley hit a solo home run over the scoreboard in left-centerfield. Lunceford finished the scoring with another single that scored sophomore Kendall Dawson.

Alabama would add another run in the third when junior Catherine Dozier jumped in on the action and hit a lined shot over the left-centerfield wall to expand the Tide lead to 19-0.

UA would cap off its scoring with three more runs in the fourth. Lunceford tallied her fourth hit in a big way by drilling a three-run shot off the fence behind the Brickyard in right field.

Lunceford paced the Tide at the plate with four hits and five RBI. Morgan went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plated with two RBI and three runs scored. Braud set the table once again with a 2-for-2 effort, scoring three runs and driving in four.

Freshman Lauren Sewell earned the win by tossing three innings of relief. Sewell (7-0) allowed one run on three hits and struck out four. Junior Kelsi Dunne started the game and allowed just one hit in two innings, striking out three.

Alabama will remain at home and host instate foe UAB on Wednesday. The two teams that have already squared off once this season will meet again at 6 p.m. at the Alabama Softball Complex.

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