Oct. 27, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Alabama softball team concluded its fall season with a pair of victories over West Alabama Sunday. The Crimson Tide won the first game 11-1 in five innings and the second game 7-1.
"I thought we pitched well, and the ball was moving," said head coach Patrick Murphy. "West Alabama has a good team. In the second game, I was really happy to see the four lefties in our lineup in a row do something. We need those lefties to do something against a pitcher with movement."
Alabama opened the scoring with a run in the first inning before scoring in bunches over the next two innings, adding four runs in the second inning then six in the third frame to take an 11-0 lead. West Alabama got on the board with a solo homerun in the fifth inning, which proved to be the final inning after the run rule was invoked. Senior Jordan Patterson led the offensive attack, going 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Senior Jackie Traina pitched five innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out seven.
After West Alabama notched a run in the top of the second inning during game two, Alabama rallied for three runs in the bottom of the second. The Tide added two runs in the third inning and another pair of runs in the sixth en route to a 7-1 victory. Sophomore Haylie McCleney paced the Tide offensively with three hits and two RBI.
Freshman starting pitcher Sydney Littlejohn earned the win after allowing one run on one hit and striking out five in four innings. Junior Leslie Jury allowed two hits and struck out four batters in three shutout innings of relief.
Sunday's doubleheader brought an end to Alabama's fall season. The Tide's regular-season schedule is slated to be released next week.