Feb. 27, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ga. - On the heels of an eight run seventh inning in a comeback victory over No. 4 Michigan, the No. 7 ranked Alabama softball team reeled off its 11th straight win with an 11-3 victory over Nebraska in six innings. With the win the Tide now improves to 12-2 on the season and is a perfect 4-0 in the Leadoff Classic.
Alabama stretched a 1-0 lead to 3-0 with a two-out, two-run homer in the second inning and after the Huskers had pulled within 5-3 with a two-run fourth inning, the Crimson Tide responded with a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the frame to put the game away. The Tide tacked on three runs over the final two innings to close out the win in six innings.
After scoring eight runs in its final inning against No. 4 Michigan, Alabama continued its hot hitting while scoring three runs in the first two innings. In the bottom of the first, Kayla Braud led off with a perfectly-placed bunt single and stole second on the next pitch. She came home with the game's first run on a one-out RBI single from All-American Charlotte Morgan. Then in the second, Jennifer Fenton lifted a two-out, two-run home run to left center to give the Tide a 3-0 lead.
The Huskers cut into the lead with a run in the top of the third. Heidi Foland reached on a one-out double and scored on a two-out, RBI single from Ashley Guile. The Tide answered back with two more runs in the bottom of the frame. Alabama had only one hit in the inning, but it was a two-run triple off the bat of Jazlyn Lunceford after Hagemann had walked back-to-back hitters to score Whitney Larsen and pinch-runner Lisa Elizondo.
Trailing 5-1, Nebraska scored twice in the top of the fourth to pull within a 5-3 margin, but that is as close as the Huskers would come as the Tide tacked on six more runs to earn the run-rule victory.
Once again Alabama answered with another home run. This time it was Morgan doing the damage, as she belted a two-out, 2-2 pitch to right for a three-run homer to increase the lead to 8-3.
The Tide made it 9-3 in the fifth with a one-out solo home run from Locke. A two-out RBI single and a passed ball accounted for the final two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Alabama will conclude its stay at the Leadoff Classic with a single contest on Sunday. The Tide will face the UCF Knights at 12:30 p.m. ET at the South Commons Softball Complex.