Friday, March 04, 2005
The seventh-ranked Crimson Tide softball team (22-2) hit four home runs en route to a 10-1, six-inning victory over the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (0-3).
Ashley Courtney (SR, Vero Beach, Fla.) and Staci Ramsey (JR, Houston, Texas) got Alabama going with back-to-back shots in the second inning. It was the first time Alabama players recorded back-to-back home runs since Jackie McClain and Stephanie VanBrakle turned the trick at the Tuscaloosa hosted 2003 NCAA Regional Tournament.
Bama scored five runs in the second inning beginning with a single from Mandy Burford (SO, Anniston, Ala.). Burford stole second and after the Mountaineers recorded two outs, she stole third and came in to score on a throwing error by the catcher. Jordan Praytor (FR, Vancouver, Wash.) then drew a two-out walk, stole second and came in to score on a single off the bat of Jackie Wilkins (SR, Miami, Fla.). Courtney then hit the first of Bama’s four home runs on the night followed by a solo shot from Ramsey for a 5-0 Alabama lead.
The Tide added two more runs in the fourth beginning with a one-out bunt single by Praytor. Wilkins then hit a two-run home run spotting Bama a 7-0 lead.
Dominique Accetturo (JR, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) got into the act with a leadoff home run in the top of the fifth inning, her first of the season.
Mount St. Mary’s scored a run in the bottom of the inning to stave off the mercy-rule, but only for an inning as Alabama added two more runs in the top of the sixth for the final 10-1 margin.
Jennifer Wright (SR, Brentwood, Tenn.) collected her seventh win of the season allowing one run on four hits through four innings of work. Chrissy Owens (Fr, Miami, Fla.) threw the final two innings of relief surrendering one hit while striking out four batters. Wright (7-0) is off to the second best start of her career as she opened the 2004 season with an 8-0 record.
After getting off to a slow start offensively this year, Alabama has hit six home runs in its last three games and eight in its last five.
The Crimson Tide gets into the meaty portion of the tournament schedule on Saturday as they take on second ranked California followed by a match-up against host Hawaii. First pitch against the Cal Bears is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT with the Alabama-Hawaii game following immediately after. Fans can follow all the action on WVUA 90.7 FM as Chad Anderson calls all the balls and strikes. Live audio will also be available on the internet at www.rolltide.com.