SAN MARCOS, TEXAS The University of Alabama softball team defeated Oklahoma State 11-1 on Sunday in the championship game of the Century-Tel Softball Classic in San Marcos, Texas to begin the season 5-0.
Mandy Burford led the Tide in the final game with two home runs and five RBI. She finished the tournament 9-of-16 (.563) with three home runs, 11 RBI and six runs scored in five games.
The Tide hit two home runs in the bottom of the third inning to put up five runs and take a 5-1 lead. With one out Kelley Montalvo hit a solo home run over the center field wall to tie the score. It was her second straight game with a home run and fifth of her career. Following a walk by Brittany Rogers and a bunt single by Jordan Praytor, Burford continued her hot hitting with a three-run home run to center field to drive in three more runs. The home run extended her hitting streak to seven games dating back to the Women’s College World Series last year.
In the fourth inning, it was again Burford coming through with a big hit to make the score 8-1. She hit her second home run of the game to center field, driving in two more runs to give her five in the game and 11 through just five games in the tournament. Bama went on to add three more runs on four singles and a hit batter. Ashley Holcombe singled to center with the bases loaded to drive in two runs and Rogers who led off the inning with a single and a run scored also drove in a run to put the Tide in front 11-1.
Texas State struck first in the game with a run in the third inning. With two outs, Katelyn Bright got them started with a double to left center. After a walk, Kim Kaye hit a single up the middle to drive in the run. It was the first run of the season given up by junior pitcher Chrissy Owens. She had thrown 13 2/3 scoreless innings to start the year.
That run was the only run allowed in the game by Owens. She pitched all five innings for UA with three hits allowed, one run, four walks and five strikeouts.
Rogers and Praytor each scored two runs while Rogers also had two hits and one RBI. Charlotte Morgan and Montalvo also added two hits in the game.
The Crimson Tide will be at home for the first time next weekend when they host Radford, Michigan State and Toledo in the Hampton Inn BAMA BASH! Feb. 16-18. It is the first of three consecutive home tournaments for Alabama.