Oct. 26, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team concluded its fall exhibition play with two more wins Sunday afternoon at the UA Softball Complex. The Crimson Tide opened play with a 15-0 victory over Chattanooga State and then defeated Wallace State 8-0 to finish its fall slate a perfect 6-0.
"It was nice to get the defensive effort we did over the course of the fall," head coach Patrick Murphy said. "The kids played well and we have a lot to look forward to. Now all we have to do is get healthy and prepare well for the spring."
Alabama opened its final day with 15 runs on the strength of nine hits to earn the 15-0 win in five innings over Chattanooga State. The Crimson Tide instantly broke the game wide open by plating six runs in the first inning. After a Kendall Dawson RBI single it was Catherine Dozier that supplied the punch in the inning. Dozier cleared the bases with a grand slam that sailed over the wall down the left field line.
Alabama then scored three times in the second and then added one more in the third before pouring on five more in the fourth. Ashley Holcombe started things off with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Freshman Jennifer Fenton then tallied a triple that scored Kellie Eubanks and Dozier. Fellow freshman Cassandra Reilly-Boccia drilled a home run down the right field line that brought home Fenton.
Amanda Locke earned another victory going five solid innings. Locke only allowed one hit and struck out seven while only walking one. Fenton collected two hits and drove home two while Dozier had four RBI and two runs scored. Whitney Larsen and Reilly-Boccia had three RBI apiece.
In game two the Crimson Tide won another five inning affair this time with eight runs on nine hits against Wallace State. Alabama had another big first inning by plating three runs. Brittany Rogers set the tone by singling and then stealing a base. Kelly Montalvo then brought home the All-American on a double. Larsen then hit a grounder to the right side that brought home Eubanks.
In the third the Tide scored four more. After back-to-back walks to Eubanks and Locke, Holcombe ripped a double to left that brought Eubanks home. As a pinch hitter Olivia Gibson took advantage of her at bat with a home run to left center that cleared the bases for a three-run shot. Alabama finished off Wallace State by scoring the eighth and final run in the bottom of the fifth.
Locke again went the distance and improved her fall ledger to 6-0. The power hitting hurler tossed five strong and allowed four hits and three walks while striking out one en route to the win.
Rogers batted a perfect 3-for-3 for the Tide while Montalvo and Holcombe collected two hits apiece. Gibson recorded the three RBI off the home run while Dawson, Larsen, Holcombe and Montalvo each added an RBI.
Alabama will now prepare for the regular season. The Tide will open play at the South Alabama Kickoff Classic on Feb. 7, 2009.