Tide Completes Sweep Of Ole Miss
"We ran the bases poorly and I don't think we were ready offensively," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "I thought the defense played great and Kelsi (Dunne) pitched great but the hitters didn't do much today."
Junior Whitney Larsen went 2-2 at the plate with an RBI. In the fifth inning, senior Charlotte Morgan recorded the 242nd RBI of her career, breaking the all-time SEC record for RBI in a career formerly held by Tonya Callahan of Tennessee.
In the top of the fifth inning, Mississippi struck first when a single by Ashley Dowdy scored Alyssa McGovern from second base, giving the Rebels the 1-0 lead.
Later in the Mississippi half inning, with two outs and runners on first and second, freshman Kayla Braud made a great defensive play on a ground ball ranging towards second base, tagging the bag for the force out to end the Rebel threat.
In the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded, Morgan was hit by a pitch to break the record and more importantly bring in the tying run. The next batter, Cassie Reilly-Boccia, walked to bring in Braud. Whitney Larsen followed with an infield single to bring in another run to put the Tide up for good, 3-1.
Alabama pitcher Kelsi Dunne held Mississippi to two hits and struck out eleven in a complete game performance, moving her record to 20-4 on the season. Dunne has now won eight times in as many appearances.
Alabama will host Troy in a midweek contest on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Alabama Softball Complex.
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