Last weekend, No. 4 Alabama softball needed a walk-off to win its first game of the tournament. On Friday night, the Crimson Tide avoided the drama and took two games by way of the mercy rule, first an 11-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe before following up with a 15-2 rout of North Dakota State. “The best way to respect an opponent is to get after ‘em, and you don’t want to just assume,” Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said.
No. 4 Alabama (16-1) hosts Louisiana-Monroe, North Dakota State and DePaul in the Easton Crimson Classic starting Friday at 4 p.m. with ULM followed by a 6 p.m. matchup with the Bison.
Senior Andrea Hawkins was perfect from the plate, going 4-4 with two runs in No. 4 Alabama softball's 10-3 win over Jacksonville State on Wednesday. Junior right-hander Sydney Littlejohn (6-1) picked up the win after 5 2/3 innings pitched.
Sunday wasn’t right-hander Alexis Osorio’s best game. The sophomore pitched seven innings, gave up nine hits and allowed five runs. She also struck out nine en route to her fifth win of the season and third of the weekend. She collected two of her wins against ranked teams.
The No. 4 Alabama softball team defeated No. 14 Tennessee, 6-5, Sunday afternoon, to complete its sweep of the Easton Bama Bash, but going into the bottom of the seventh inning, Alabama wasn’t so sure how the end of the game was going to play out. With one out and a runner on first base and second base, Peyton Grantham walked up to the batter’s box, and focused on slowing the game down.
The No. 4 University of Alabama softball team swept its double-header on Saturday’s portion of the Easton Bama Bash.
Coach Patrick Murphy watched as the ball rolled away from Arizona catcher Robyn Porter hands near home plate.
Freshman Mari Cranek only had one hit in her career before Wednesday night. She only had one hit Wednesday night, but she made it count with a three-run home run in No. 5 Alabama softball’s 8-0 mercy-rule win over Troy. Junior right-hander Sydney Littlejohn (4-1) took the win.