By Kelly Ward | Digital Managing Editor Marisa Runyon jogged out after hitting the ball and watched it sail past the foul pole in right field.
Marisa Runyon was in a slump. She hadn’t hit the ball against an SEC opponent since the first game of the Florida series.
Sydney Booker drove in five runs in No. 4 Alabama softball’s 8-0 mercy-rule win over Mississippi State.
With the bases loaded and one out, down 1-0 at South Alabama last spring, Alabama coach Patrick Murphy called on an unknown, freshman pitcher, to work out of the jam. It was the first game of the season. Beyond the fall scrimmages and practice, she’d never faced collegiate hitting. She’d certainly never faced it in this situation.
Twenty years after the program started, Alabama softball notched its 1,000th win. It only needed five innings to do it in the 14-0 win over Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday. Alabama averages more than 50 wins a year. “There’s not many times when you’re in a program that’s 20 years old that you get to see history, and Team 20 was a part of history tonight,” Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said.
On Friday, No. 6 Alabama softball leaned on junior right-hander Sydney Littlejohn to deliver. She did.