Tide Softball Gets 15th Straight Win

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Alabama softball team once again came back and used the dramatics to seal the series sweep over Arkansas Sunday afternoon at Bogle Park. With the win the Crimson Tide extends its winning streak to 15 games and improves to 39-9 on the season and 18-4 in Southeastern Conference play.



With a 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth Alabama gave up five runs and found itself down 6-5 with the Razorbacks holding all the momentum. The Tide quickly regrouped and scored two runs with two outs in the sixth and added a home run in the seventh to earn the 8-6 win and keep its hopes alive for an SEC title.

After Arkansas raced back and seized the lead with a five-run fifth, Alabama rallied back to score two runs with two outs. With the bases loaded Whitney Larsen earned a walk after seeing 13 pitches to tie the game and score Keima Davis. Amanda Locke then got hit by a pitch for the fifth time in the series to plate Cassie Reilly-Boccia and give the Tide a 7-6 lead.

To lead off the top of the seventh Alabama increased its narrow cushion in a hurry when Courtney Conley took the 11th pitch she saw and deposited it over the left-centerfield wall to give the Tide an 8-6 lead.

Alabama has proved it can hit the long ball as it demonstrated by breaking the single season school record for home runs before the calendar even hits May. But as it has also showed of late the Tide can manufacture a run as well and that is exactly how the Alabama opened the scoring Sunday.

Locke opened the second inning with a double blitzed down the left field line and moved over to third on a wild pitch. Conley then hit a deep fly to left that brought home Locke for the team's sixth sacrifice fly of the weekend.

With two outs in the third the Crimson Tide extended its lead to 2-0 when Larsen continued her hot hitting with a line drive into left that plated freshman Kayla Braud from third.

In the bottom of the third Jessica Bachkora hit a deep drive for Arkansas but Davis kept the shutout safe by leaping well above the wall to take away the home run.

Alabama scored another run with two outs when Braud tattooed a line drive to the wall in right-center that plated Davis from second. Davis started the two-out rally by reaching on a chopper over third base and then stealing second.

Arkansas finally broke through when it plated a single run in the bottom of the fourth. Courtney Breault grounded out to second to score pinch-runner Amanda Summerford from third. The Razorbacks were looking for more with Miranda Dixon on third but Tide pitcher Charlotte Morgan pulled the string with a changeup to strikeout Brittany Robison.

Larsen struck again and hit her third home run of the series when she belted a high fly that cleared both fences in left-center to give Alabama a 5-1 lead. The homer scored pinch-runner Lisa Elizondo, who ran for Morgan, after she singled to start the fifth.

Larsen batted 2 for 3 and drove in four runs to record eight RBI on the weekend. Braud added two hits and an RBI while Davis took advantage once again of her playing time with a pair of knocks and two runs scored.

Alabama will return home for a single game contest against Georgia Tech on Wednesday. The two teams will face off at 6 p.m. CDT at the Alabama Softball Complex.

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