Sunday, February 15, 2004
TUSCALOOSA, AL—The No. 6 ranked Crimson Tide softball team (8-1) captured its fourth consecutive Bama Bash! Championship as they defeated the Lipscomb Lady Bison (4-3) 7-0 in the championship game.
Sophomore Stephanie VanBrakle (2-1) shut the Lady Bison offense down allowing only one hit while recording a career high and a Bama Bash! record 16 strikeouts.
Alabama opened the game with Ashley Courtney leading off with a single up the middle, stole second and came around to score on a single off the bat of Leah White for a 1-0 lead.
The Tide broke it open in the bottom of the third inning beginning with a lead-off walk to Angela Johnson. Courtney tripled scoring Johnson for a 2-0 lead. White reached on a fielder’s choice with Courtney being thrown out at home and was then thrown out herself when McClain reached on a fielder’s choice. Staci Ramsey singled and McClain went to third followed by a walk to Jackie Wilkins loading the bases with two outs. Dominique Accetturo promptly stepped up and hit the first pitch into the right-center field gap for a double and clearing the bases staking the Tide to a 5-0 lead. Capper Reed followed with a single scoring Accetturo and Alabama was up 6-0.
Bama added its seventh and final run in the next inning when Courtney homered to straight-away center field for the final 7-0 score and her third hit of the day.
Courtney finished a double short of the “cycle” going 3-4 on the day with a single, triple and a home run while driving in two runs, scoring two runs and stealing a base.
Accetturo and Reed also helped pace the Tide offensively going 2-3 each while Accetturo recorded three RBI.
For their efforts Accetturo, Reed, White and Erin Wright were named to the all-tournament while McClain was named the Bama Bash! MVP for the second straight year.
The complete all-tournament team included: Andee Lindgren from Albany, Kelsey Anderson and Diana Barreras from Eastern Kentucky and Erin Gonzales and Sara Meek from Lipscomb.
Eastern Kentucky Defeats Albany in Consolation Game
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning to claim a 2-0 victory over the Albany Great Danes in the consolation game of the Bama Bash!
Kelsey Anderson threw a complete game for the Colonels allowing only four hits while striking out eight batters.