Alabama Softball Sweeps LSU
"This is kind of like the theme of the year," said Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy. "We're the comeback kids. They've been doing it all year long, but this was the first walk off."
The Crimson Tide won game one 3-1 and defeated the Tigers 4-3 in game two. With the doubleheader sweep Alabama advances to 29-9 on the year with a 12-4 mark in conference play. LSU falls to 29-9 with an 8-5 record in the SEC.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Alabama freshman Kayla Braud hit a two run single to center lifting the Crimson Tide to a 3-1 victory over the Bayou Bengals.
Kelsi Dunne closed the game out in the top of the seventh to give the Tide their 28th win of the season.
After five scoreless innings LSU got on the board in the top of the sixth after Dunne hit Anissa Young with the bases loaded, scoring Tiffany Shaw, giving the Tigers their initial lead of 1-0.
Dunne picked up the win for Alabama, her 15th of the season. The junior from Port Orange, Fla. struck out 14 while only allowing one hit. LSU's single run in the sixth was unearned.
Cody Trahan was tagged with the loss for LSU. Trahan gave up three runs, all earned, on six hits and four walks.
Jennifer Fenton was the hero of the night with Alabama's first walk off home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh with one out.
Sophomore Kendall Dawson led off the inning with a walk and then was pinch-run for by junior Catherine Dozier. Freshman Keima Davis laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Dozier to second with one out. Fenton then came to the plate and drilled an 0-2 pitch high over the centerfield wall to give the Tide the dramatic victory.
The Tigers pushed across a single run in the top of the first to take an early lead. Juliana Santos walked and scored from first on Rachel Mitchell's double to right center.
Alabama tied the game up in the bottom of the fifth. Jazlyn Lunceford singled up the middle scoring Courtney Conley from second.
LSU came back to take the lead in the top of the sixth. Mitchell hit a two run homer over the center field wall putting the Tigers up 3-1.
Amanda Locke pulled the game back within one with her solo shot over to straight away center in the bottom of the sixth, setting the stage for the dramatic bottom of the seventh.
Kelsi Dunne earned the win for Alabama in relief. Dunne struck out four of the six batters she faced, allowing only the one hit.
Rachael Fico goes down with the loss for LSU. Fico gave up three runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched on three hits.
The Crimson Tide will welcome Northwestern to the Softball Complex this weekend for a two game non-conference series. First pitch for Saturday is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. While Sunday's game will get under way at Noon.
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