March 9, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 7/10 ranked Alabama softball team defeated the Liberty Lady Flames 10-7 Tuesday on a wet evening at the Alabama Softball Complex. The game included a 46-minute delay due to lightning in the area. Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to heavy rain just before the start of the bottom of the second inning.
After falling behind 7-1 heading into the second inning the Crimson Tide mounted a huge comeback and answered with nine runs to earn a 10-7 victory and improve to 15-5 on the season.
"There was poor weather and it was a poor start on our part but you have to give credit to Liberty for putting us on our heels," Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. "For us to come back the way we did and Amanda (Locke) to come back and throw five straight zeros showed a lot of heart."
Senior Charlotte Morgan got the Tide on the board in the first when she hit a sac-fly that scored sophomore Jazlyn Lunceford to make the score 2-1 in the favor of the Flames.
Liberty then put up five runs in the second, with the big hit coming off the bat of Ashley Bensinger for a grand slam.
Alabama stormed back, putting six runs up in the bottom of the second. Freshman Kayla Braud tripled home newcomer Jackey Branham and senior Jessica Smith and then Morgan singled through the left side to bring home the rookie.
The Tide then loaded the bases and a hit by pitch taken by sophomore Olivia Gibson and a walk by sophomore Amanda Locke plated two runs. Smith then drew a walk as well to conclude the scoring in the inning.
Alabama took the lead for good by putting up three runs in the fifth inning. Sophomore Cassie Reilly-Boccia got the Tide going with a single to right that brought home Braud and then the All-American Morgan homered to right-center to finish off the Flames.
Amanda Locke earned the victory after tossing 5 2/3 innings of relief. She allowed four runs on six hits and struck out eight.
Morgan paced the Tide at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort, driving in four runs and scoring two. Braud again collected two hits and tallied two runs and two RBI.
Alabama will now open Southeastern Conference play against the Georgia Bulldogs in a three game series. The SEC opener is set for Saturday, March 13 at noon in Athens, Ga.