Alabama Softball Sweeps Auburn

AUBURN – The Alabama softball team completed the sweep over rival Auburn by earning two victories Saturday at Jane B. Moore Field. The Crimson Tide won the first game of the twin-bill 9-1 and then secured the sweep with a convincing 10-2 win in the nightcap.

After the day Alabama improves to 27-9 on the season and 10-4 in Southeastern Conference play.

Game 1

The Alabama softball team secured the series victory over rival Auburn with a convincing 9-1 win Saturday afternoon. Cassie Reilly-Boccia and Courtney Conley went deep for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama once again jumped out to an early lead but this time did it without collecting a hit. After leadoff hitter Kayla Braud was hit by an Anna Thompson pitch and Whitney Larsen was hit as well, Jazlyn Lunceford hit a flare into centerfield that was mishandled and enabled Braud and Larsen to score from second and first.

The Tide added a run in the third on small ball and then flexed its muscles with the long ball in the fourth.

Alabama extended its lead to 3-0 when pinch-runner Keima Davis was brought home a on a sacrifice fly to left off the bat of Lunceford. Cassie Reilly-Boccia started the frame with a single off the right field wall and then moved to second on a wild pitch. Davis then came in and was bunted over to third on a sac-bunt by Larsen and then came home on the fly to left.

In the fourth, Reilly-Boccia struck again, this time with a three-run shot over the right-centerfield wall to move the Alabama lead to 6-0. The home run brought home Jennifer Fenton and Braud.

The Tigers got a run back and broke the no-hitter of Charlotte Morgan with an out in bottom of the fourth. Kyndall White hit a home run to break the shutout, clearing the fence in right-center.

The Tide got the run back when freshman Courtney Conley sent a solo shot into the trees in right-centerfield to make the score 7-1 in the fifth.

Morgan helped her cause in the sixth when she drilled a double off the top of the 12-foot wall in right-center to bring home Braud all the way from first and expand the Tide lead to 8-1.

Alabama added its final run of the contest on an error by Tiger shortstop Lauren Guzman. Catherine Dozer hit a grounder that trickled out into the outfield that scored Kendall Dawson.

Offensively Reilly-Boccia was the only member of the Tide to collect a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and a run scored. Braud scored three times and tallied a hit to extend her hitting streak to 11 games.

Morgan (3-2) earned the win after allowing one run on just four hits while striking out one in five innings. Lauren Sewell pitched two perfect innings of relief.

Anna Thompson (11-6) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs – three earned on three hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Game 2

The Alabama softball team continued its offensive onslaught in the series finale by plating 10 runs on 10 hits to run away from rival Auburn 10-2 and complete the three-game sweep.

Auburn got things going early by hitting a home run on the first pitch of their at bat. Kyndall White, who was responsible for the only run in the first contest, took the first pitch over the centerfield wall to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.

Alabama got the run right back when catcher Olivia Gibson found space in right-centerfield with a bloop single that scored Whitney Larsen from second. Larsen started the inning with a leadoff walk.

In the third Jazlyn Lunceford came through with two outs in the inning. The sophomore dropped in a hit on the line behind third base to bring home Kayla Braud and Charlotte Morgan to give the Tide a 3-1 advantage. Courtney Conley then cleared the wall down the other line, placing the drive just inside of the foul pole to give the Tide a 5-1 lead and collecting her second home run of the day.

With the bases loaded in the fifth the Tide added another run when Jennifer Fenton took a walk to score Lunceford from third. The run extended the Tide lead to 6-1.

Alabama added two more in the sixth to take a commanding 8-1 lead. Whitney Larsen drove in the first run of the frame by putting the ball on the ground deep in the infield to score pinch-runner Lisa Elizondo. Conley continued her hot hitting in the series with a single down the left field line that scored pinch-runner Catherine Dozier.

Charlotte Morgan concluded the scoring for the Tide by capping off the series with the long ball. The All-America hit a 2-2 pitch over the right-centerfield wall and give Alabama the 10-2 win.

Conley led Alabama at the plate with three hits and three RBI while Morgan collected two hits, scored two runs and drove in two. Braud extended her hitting streak to 12 games and scored a run.

Alabama will return home to host LSU in a midweek conference doubleheader. The two teams will square off at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Alabama Softball Complex.

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