Tide takes two to open SEC play

TUSCALOOSA, AL -- University of Alabama catcher Lacy Prejean picked a fine time to come out of a slump as she hit her third home run of the season, a three-run game-winning home run in the sixth inning to lead the Tide to a 4-3 win over the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks (11-11, 0-2) in the nightcap of a doubleheader.

The 20th ranked (ESPN.com/USA Softball) Tide (17-9, 2-0 SEC) found itself in familiar territory, trailing late in the game but as has been the norm this season, Alabama fought back for the victory.

Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning Jackie McClain wound up at second after a fly ball to right field was dropped. Stephanie VanBrakle singled through the right side advancing McClain to third. Prejean then took a 2-2 pitch and hit a high floater that cleared the left field fence to put Bama on top 4-3.

VanBrakle (3-3), who had come on in relief in the top of the sixth inning, struck out the side in the top of the seventh to end the game and pick up the win.

In Game 1 of the doubleheader, the Tide never gave the Lady'Backs the opportunity to put them in the hole.

Alabama quickly struck for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Ashley Courtney led off with a single and McClain drew a one-out walk. Prejean received a free two-out pass when she was hit by a pitch loading the bases. Staci Ramsey then singled through the right side scoring Courtney and McClain. Dominique Accetturo followed with a single up the middle scoring McClain for a 3-0 Bama lead.

After Arkansas cut the lead to 3-1, the Tide stretched its lead by three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. VanBrakle was issued a one-out walk and advanced to third on a single from Prejean. Ramsey followed with a double scoring both runners and came in to score when Accetturo singled up the middle for a 6-1 Alabama lead.

The Crimson Tide tacked on a final insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Prejean doubled scoring Deasy Phillips for the final 2-1 tally.

Erin Wright pushed her record to 10-3 on the season going six innings while scattering five hits and striking out three batters.

The bottom of the lineup was the most productive for Alabama in the doubleheader going 15-24 (.625) with 11 RBI and five runs scored.

The Tide and the Lady Razorbacks will close out their series on Sunday with the first pitch scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Fans can follow the action at www.rolltide.com.

Game Notes

  • Lacy Prejean's RBI double in the sixth inning of Game 1 was the Tide's 1,700th all-time RBI.
  • Staci Ramsey's four RBI in Game 1 tied the UA Softball Complex record for RBI in a game.
  • During the 2002 season, Alabama players recorded four RBI in one game four times during the season, Ramsey has now recorded two, four-RBI games this season.
  • Alabama has posted seven come from behind victories this season.
  • Arkansas' run in the third inning was the first Lady Razorback run scored on the Tide at home since the 2000 season.
  • Ramsey's and Accetturo's three-hit games were career highs.

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