Alabama Pounds Out 27 Runs in Fall Brawl II



TUSCALOOSA – The University of Alabama softball team finished the fall season with two wins on Saturday in the Fall Brawl II at the Alabama Softball Complex.

The Crimson Tide softball team finished the fall season with four shutout victories. Not only did they not allow a run in the four games, they also pounded out 42 runs, including 27 runs on Saturday.

“I am really pleased will all three pitchers over the two weekends,” said head coach Patrick Murphy. “On defense, we didn’t commit an error in either game and Chrissy (Owens) didn’t have any walks so if we limit the opportunities for the other team we are going to be fine. We accomplished a lot of the goals we set out for in the fall and a lot of people improved.”

Alabama used a nine-run third inning and five-run fourth inning to pound out 16 runs on 12 hits against Wallace Dothan. Alabama took advantage of three errors in the third inning with nine runs to go along with six hits. Mandy Burford had the highlight of the inning with a three-run triple. Kellie Deska capped off the five-run fourth inning when she hit the top of the wall in center field for a two-run double.

“I think it is really exciting for everyone for everyone to get their chance to come out here and show what they have been working for all Fall,” said Praytor. “Both games today we were able to do that. Everyone came in and played their roll.”

Burford finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored. Michelle Menningmann, Deska, Dani Woods and Jordan Praytor all recorded two RBI in the contest. Praytor also scored three runs and hit a homerun off the scoreboard in left center. Woods and Menningmann were each 2-for-3 in the game while Jessica Smith, Alex Blewitt and Mallory Benak each scored twice.

Chrissy Owens pitched her second shutout in two starts this fall. She went five innings, allowing two hits with seven strikeouts. She only gave up four hits in 11 innings with 14 strikeouts in her two starts this fall.

Alabama continued to pour on the runs in its second game. They posted six runs in the bottom of the first inning against Shelton State. Praytor capped off the inning with a two-run single to center field. They went on to score one in the second and three more in the third as Charlotte Morgan scored two with a double to center. A run in the fourth inning gave the Crimson Tide an 11-0 victory.

Allison Moore went the distance, pitching five innings with 10 strikeouts, two hits allowed and two walks. Praytor went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. She finished the day 3-of-5 with five runs scored and four RBI. Morgan, Woods and Deska also all drove in two runs against Shelton State while Woods and Katie Johnson each had two-hit games.

“My rise ball was working so I kept throwing it and the defense played really great behind me,” said Moore. “We have an outstanding defense behind us and a great offense and we can’t do it without them.”      

Wallace-Dothan claimed an 8-0 victory in five innings against Shelton State to start the day. The Lady Govs scored in all four innings with two runs in the first and second, three in the third and one more in the fourth. Tabitha Jenkins hit 2-of-3 with one run scored and four RBI, including a two-run triple in the third inning. C. Mesha Ellis also went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the game. Jessica Barnard pitched a shutout allowing two hits in five innings with three walks and five strikeouts.   

The Crimson Tide will begin the fall season with a trip to San Marcos, Texas for the Texas State Tournament Feb. 9-11. The first home action of the year for Alabama will be the Bama Bash on Feb. 16-18 when they welcome Michigan State, Radford and Toledo to Tuscaloosa.