Alabama Softball clinched share of 5th SEC Championship
Seventh ranked Alabama Softball (39-8) saw an eventful week from winning their 40th victory of the season to securing at least a share of their 5th traveled to Hattiesburg to beat Southern Miss in spectacular fashion and won a SEC series against Georgia for the last home game of the season. Tuesday, the Crimson Tide traveled to Hattiesburg, Mississippi and shut out the Golden Flashes in a 12-0 victory. This came as the Tide’s 40th in the final two innings. Sydney Littlejohn earned the win from the mound going 5.0 innings and Jury came in as relief for the final two innings. McCleney and Case scored three runners in the second to make it 3-0, but the night was relatively quiet after that. That was until Richard scored in the sixth inning. From there the Tide’s offense exploded with Marisa Runyon hitting her second career homerun. The Golden Eagles had five fielding errors as the Tide won with 12 runs off 10 hits. Thursday began Alabama’s last home series and came against #13 Georgia (38-10, 11-7 SEC). Seven of the starting nine earned a hit as Alabama took the 4-2 victory. Jaclyn Traina pitched the victory and allowed 6 hits, 8 strikeouts, and 0 walks. Peyton Grantham went 2-3 that includes a solo homer. The Crimson Tide took the early lead in the bottom of the first and scored two. Molly Fichtner made it a 3-0 game in the third and then Grantham added one in the fourth. Georgia avoided a shutout in the fifth with a two run homer but it was not enough in the end. Head Coach Patrick Murphy said, “I thought that we had a good approach at the plate and made good adjustments throughout the game. It was a fun night.” Friday proved every dawg has its day as Georgia routed the Tide with a 10-2 win. Ten runs is the most given up by Alabama this season. Alabama went behind in the third and the SEC championship. The team win of the season as they scored nine runs deficit widened to 7-0 by the end of the inning. McCleney broke the shutout by scoring, but nothing was going offensively for the Tide. The Bulldogs would score two in the fourth to make it 9-1, and then won by the run-rule victory in the tenth with a bases loaded walk. Leslie Jury took the loss. However, the Crimson Tide bounced back on Saturday to win the series with a 4-1 victory. Alabama took the lead in the 2nd victory of the season. Marisa Runyon hit her third career homer for two runs and Traina (19-2) earned her 99th Georgia could not warm up the bats at all despite taking the first lead of the game. Alabama would score in the fourth and held the Bulldogs at bay to win. Patrick Murphy said, “[Traina] is definitely the SEC Pitcher of the Year in my mind. Overall, I thought the defense was very good this weekend in all three games.” Alabama improves to (42-9) and (12-4 SEC). This win secures Alabama at least a share of SEC championship, their 5th Next up the Tide is traveling to face #15 Missouri in Columbia, May 1 on ESPN at 7pm. and never looked back as the Tide won its 17th SEC win of her career with 9 strikeouts (a season high in the SEC) and 3 hits ever.
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