Oct. 20, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team continued its fall winning streak, taking both games in Sunday's doubleheader against Middle Tennessee State on the strength of two shutouts from the Crimson Tide pitching staff, which allowed only two hits on the day. The Tide was led at the plate by freshman Peyton Grantham and sophomore Kallie Case.
"I am really happy with our pitching and defense today," head coach Patrick Murphy said. "We will never lose if the other team never scores."
Both teams got off to a slow start in the first game of the day, with neither team scoring in the first two innings. Alabama broke out in the third inning batting 14 and scoring 10 before the first out. Grantham and Case both added three RBI off of two hits, including a solo homer by Case that sparked the rally.
Junior Leslie Jury took the no-hitter victory in five innings and struck out eight.
Alabama and Middle Tennessee State took the second game to the bottom of the seventh in a pitching battle with a combined five hits and no runs through the first six and a half innings. Junior Danielle Richard ended the dry spell with a walk-off single to right-center, plating senior Kaila Hunt from second.
Freshman Sydney Littlejohn struck out seven batters allowing only one hit before giving way to senior Jackie Traina, who closed out the last two innings striking out five batters and allowing one hit while earning the win.
Alabama will return to action next Sunday, Oct. 27, in the final series of Fall Brawl. The Tide will take on the West Alabama Tigers at Rhoads Stadium. The first game in the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT.