Alabama Softball Drops Final Game of Series to Mississippi State


Sunday, April 13, 2003

Ashley Courtney

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TUSCALOOSA, AL-The No. 17 ranked University of Alabama softball team (36-15, 19-5 SEC) won the series but was unable to complete the sweep of the Mississippi State Bulldogs (29-21, 9-14), dropping the final game 7-3.

The Bulldogs scored a single run in the second and third innings to grab a 2-0 lead, but Alabama responded scoring two runs in the bottom of the third.

Staci Ramsey started things off for Alabama in the third with a double to right field.  Dominique Accetturo singled to left putting runners on first and second with no outs.  Ashley Courtney then singled to right field but Accetturo was caught up between second and third and was tagged out, but Courtney advanced to second putting runners on second and third with one out.  Jackie Wilkins followed with a single scoring Ramsey and Jackie McClain hit a long fly ball that was deep enough for Courtney to tag and score on the play to tie the score at 2-2.

The score remained dead locked through the next two innings before State erupted for five runs on four hits in the sixth inning to break the game open 7-2. 

The Tide added a final run in the bottom of the sixth when Lacy Prejean singled to center field scoring Stephanie VanBrakle to cut the lead to 7-3 but that was all the Tide could manage.

Jennifer Wright (8-6) took the loss going five innings, allowing four runs on six hits.

Courtney and Prejean led the Tide offense going 2-3 each while Courtney extended her career high hitting streak to 11 games.

The Bulldog win snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide.  The streak dated back to the 1999 SEC Tournament.

The Tide returns to action on Friday, April 18 when the team travels to Columbia, South Carolina for a three-game series with the South Carolina Gamecocks.