Oct. 13, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team got the fall season underway by sweeping the Northwest Florida State Raiders in Fall Brawl I with scores of 11-2 and 4-0 behind the freshman bats of Marisa Runyon and Chandler Dare.
Murphy utilized the doubleheader to explore different players in every position save centerfield where All-American Haylie McCleneywas the only player to carry over from game one to game two.
"In the fall I switch up the lineup totally," head coach Patrick Murphysaid. "There is going to be a new lead off hitter and clean up hitter. I will have different pitchers every game. I want to see what combinations work best both in the field and in the lineup, because someone might come out of nowhere and be a great clean up hitter."
Alabama bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth inning of game one, putting up eight runs on seven hits. Leading the onslaught was Runyon coming out with a double to start the inning and following it with her career first homerun, batting in three runs.
Freshman Sydney Littlejohnended her college debut in the circle with a victory, tallying six strikeouts and only allowing two runs on two hits to pitch a complete game.
Alabama scored three runs in the first two innings of the second game and senior Ryan Iamurri legged out a leadoff triple in the bottom of the fifth and later scored to give the Tide an insurance run on the way to a 4-0 victory. Dare and Leona Lafaele both had a pair of hits to lead the way for the Tide.
Junior Leslie Jury toed the rubber in the second game keeping the Raiders scoreless through the first four innings, allowing only one hit and tallying four strikeouts. Senior All-American Jackie Trainaclosed the last three innings, tallying five strikeouts and allowing just one hit while facing 10 batters.
Alabama will return to action next Sunday, Oct. 20, in the second series of Fall Brawl. The Tide will take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and, former Alabama great, Kelly Montalvo. The first game in the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT at Rhoads Stadium.