Sunday, May 02, 2004
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TUSCALOOSA, AL—The 14th ranked University of Alabama softball team (39-16, 18-12) scored two early runs and that was all Tide pitcher Jennifer Wright needed as the Crimson Tide claimed a 2-1 win over the eighth ranked Georgia Bulldogs (46-14, 20-10).
Wright (12-1) scattered six hits and allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings of action while striking out eight batters en route to her 12th win of the season. The win was Wright’s fifth in SEC action, the most she’s ever posted in conference play.
Alabama took the early lead in the bottom of the second inning. Stephanie VanBrakle led off with a single up the middle and was pinch run for by Emily Currie. Dominique Accetturo sacrificed her to second. Staci Ramsey then singled back up the middle, advancing Currie to third and was then pinch run for by Deasy Phillips. Phillips stole second and then Capper Reed delivered a two-out single scoring both runners for the 2-0 Crimson Tide lead.
Georgia rallied in the top of the seventh inning with a lead off single, a ground-out and an RBI single from All-America Nicole Barber. Barber stole second and was sacrificed to third. Megan McAllister came to the plate with two outs and the tying run on third and worked the count to 3-2 before being hit on the foot by Wright. VanBrakle came on in relief and struck out Ashley Godfrey to end the game and pick up her third save on the season. The strikeout was VanBrakle’s 200th of the season, her first time hitting the 200-mark of her young career.
Reed continued to be a thorn in the side of the Bulldogs, driving in her third and fourth RBI of the series. She finished the weekend 3-7 (.429) with a home run, four RBI and a run scored.
Alabama will close out the regular season this weekend when the team travels to College Park, Maryland for a Saturday doubleheader with the Maryland Terrapins.