Alabama Softball Sweeps Ole Miss

The Alabama softball team combined to score 22 runs en route to sweeping Mississippi Saturday in a Southeastern Conference doubleheader at the Alabama Softball Complex. The Crimson Tide won game one 14-0 in five innings and then earned an 8-3 victory in the night cap.

After the day Alabama improves to 34-9 overall and 14-4 in SEC play.

"Our defense played really well and then we really took advantage of what they gave us," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "Our goal coming in was to hit strikes and lay off the stuff out of the zone and I thought we did an excellent job at that. We were able to carry those 15 walks in the first game and add nine more in the second."

Game 1

The Alabama softball team drew an SEC record 15 walks and senior Charlotte Morgan tied the SEC career RBI mark in a convincing 14-0 win in five innings to start the series against Ole Miss Saturday. Morgan batted 2-for-2 with five RBI – her 241st of her career, including a three run homer. Junior Kelsi Dunne allowed just one hit in four innings. Dunne improves to 19-4 on the season after striking out six and walking two. Sophomore Kendall Dawson went 1-for-1 at the plate and tallied a career-high four RBI.

Alabama continued to pour runs on its opponents in a hurry as the Crimson Tide plated five runs on just three hits in the first frame. Morgan started the scoring by dumping a 2-2 pitch into right-center that scored Jazlyn Lunceford from second.

The Tide then loaded the bases and took advantage. Amanda Locke was hit by a pitch to bring in Morgan and Alex Blewitt then singled down the right field line to score another. Dawson then drew a bases loaded walk and Locke scored on a wild pitch to cap off the inning.

Alabama added another in the second by again loading the bases. Dawson drove in her second run without tallying an official at-bat by taking another bases loaded walk to increase the Tide lead to 6-0.

The Tide exploded for five more in the third when Morgan again tallied an RBI this time on a sac-fly. With the bases loaded once again Lock drew the walk to score Lunceford and then Blewitt grounded out but plated pinch-runner Keima Davis. Dawson supplied the big hit when she singled to right-center to plate two more runs and extend the Tide lead to 11-0.

Morgan capped off her day with a three-run homer in the fourth to end the Alabama scoring and tie the SEC record in career RBI. Her shot, well over the left field wall scored Catherine Dozier and Jackey Branham. Her 241 RBI ties the record set in 2008 by Tonya Callahan of Tennessee.

Game 2

Alabama sophomore Jennifer Fenton went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in three runs to lead the Crimson Tide to an 8-3 victory in the night cap over Mississippi Saturday. Freshman Kayla Braud added two hits while senior Alex Blewitt collected three hits and scored three runs.

After Mississippi opened the scoring with a solo shot in the first Alabama answered to even the score at one when sophomore Cassie Reilly-Boccia doubled to center to score Braud from second.

The Tide would amass three more runs in the second when Fenton and Jazlyn Lunceford hit RBI knocks to score Blewitt and Fenton, respectively. Reilly-Boccia then drew another bases loaded walk to extend the Tide lead to 4-1.

Alabama added two more in the third when Fenton brought home two runs with a single up the middle. Blewitt scored on the hit and sophomore Olivia Gibson came home on a bobble in centerfield.

The Rebels would score two in the fourth to make the score 6-3 and hold the Tide to its first scoreless inning of the day in the bottom half but Alabama extended its lead with two more in the fifth.

Fenton tallied her third RBI of the game when she singled up the middle to bring home Blewitt. Fenton later capped off the Alabama scoring by crossing home on an illegal pitch.

Senior Charlotte Morgan (4-2) earned the win after giving up three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Morgan fanned four and did not issue a walk in the win. Freshman Lauren Sewell tossed 1 2/3 innings of one-hit relief.

The two teams will meet in the final matchup of the series on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

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