Softball Takes Finale Against Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, TN -- After splitting an opening day doubleheader, the No. 18 ranked Alabama softball team run-ruled the Tennessee Lady Vols (22-10, 2-4 SEC) 8-0 in five innings to claim the series victory.

Freshmen Staci Ramsey and Stephanie VanBrakle paced the Alabama offense with Ramsey going 3-3 with three RBI and a run scored while VanBrakle went 2-2 with an RBI and three runs scored. For the third time in as many games, the Crimson Tide (20-10, 5-1) jumped on top first. This time it was Tennessee that aided the Tide's lead committing two errors in the inning en route to three Alabama runs.

VanBrakle led off with a walk and stole second. Ramsey laced a two-out single into centerfield and went to second on the throw giving Bama runners on second and third with two outs. Dominique Accetturo then hit a slow roller that was mishandled by third baseman Kristi Durant allowing VanBrakle to score. Shortstop Ellisha Humphrey then fielded the ball but threw wildly to first allowing Ramsey to score and sending Accetturo to second. Ashley Courtney then reached on an infield single scoring Accetturo from third for a 3-0 Alabama lead.

The Tide kept the offensive pressure applied in the top of the third with Jennifer Reach and VanBrakle leading off with singles. Jackie McClain walked to load the bases followed by a sacrifice fly to right field from Prejean. Ramsey then singled back up the middle scoring VanBrakle and Deasy Phillips who was pinch running for McClain to push Alabama's lead to 6-0.

Amber Rhinehart finally came through for Tennessee in the bottom of the fourth inning when she delivered a two-out single through the right side for the Lady Vols' first hit of the game. However, Tennessee was unable to capitalize

In the top of fifth inning, VanBrakle led off and took a 3-1 pitch sending it over the centerfield fence for her fifth home run of the season and her second of the weekend. McClain followed with a double and Emily Currie who was pinch hitting for Prejean reached on a mishandled popup at third base. Ramsey reached on her third hit of the day scoring McClain for an 8-0 Alabama lead.

Jennifer Wright (5-3) picked up the win, her fifth of the season, throwing her fifth complete game of the season and her second shutout, tying a career high. Wright gave up only three hits while striking out two batters en route to the victory.

The Tide will host the Southern Miss Eagles on Tuesday night followed by the Troy State Trojans on Wednesday night before jumping back into SEC play next weekend when the team hosts the Kentucky Wildcats.

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