Alabama Softball Wins 7th In Row
"It was a fun day all the way around because [Kayla] Braud came back big time," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "Up and down the lineup every spot in the order got on base at least once. It was a good performance in all aspects of the game."
After snapping a 14-game hitting streak on Saturday, freshman Kayla Braud returned to form with a 3-for-3 day, scoring three times. Senior Charlotte Morgan, junior Whitney Larsen and sophomore Jazlyn Lunceford all tallied multi-RBI games.
Alabama opened the scoring in the first without tallying a hit. With the bases loaded Larsen hit a sharp line drive that caromed off the pitcher's glove for an eventual groundout but it scored Braud from third.
Northwestern answered in the top of the second with a solo home run. Nicole Pauly led off the frame with a high home run on a 1-2 count to pull the Wildcats within one.
Larsen came through again with the bases loaded as her sharply hit knock made it through the left side to score sophomore Jennifer Fenton from third. Lunceford then cleared the bases with a line drive double to left-center that scored Braud, Larsen and Morgan. Sophomore Amanda Locke then followed suit with a double of her own to bring in Lunceford to give Alabama a 7-1 lead.
In the fourth Murphy went to the bench and called upon sophomore Olivia Gibson and she did not disappoint. The Tuscaloosa native expanded the Tide's lead to 8-1 with a solo shot well over the left field wall.
In the fifth the Tide secured its second straight run-rule victory when Morgan slammed a three-run home run over the right field wall to give the Tide an 11-1 victory. The home run drove in pinch-runner Keima Davis and Braud.
Alabama All-America hurler Kelsi Dunne has now earned a win in five straight games by allowing one run on two hits while striking out eight in five innings. With the win the junior improves to 18-4 on the season.
Alabama will hit the road for a single contest as it will head to Itta Bena, Miss., to face Mississippi Valley State. The two teams will meet on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT.
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