Alabama softball opened play at the Easton Crimson City Classic Friday with a doubleheader sweep against Memphis, winning 8-3 and 5-1.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama softball opened play at the Easton Crimson City Classic Friday with a doubleheader sweep against Memphis, winning 8-3 and 5-1.
Fifteen different Alabama (11-0) players came to the plate in the doubleheader against Memphis (0-6), with eight earning a hit. In game one, Maddie Morgan and Bailey Dowling each drove in a pair of runs, with Dowling going 2-for-3 for her third multi-hit game of the season. In game two, Bailey Hemphill and Kaylee Tow provided the spark batting third and fourth, respectively, with Hemphill going 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and Tow driving in three on a fifth-inning home run, her third of the season.
Hemphill's two RBIs pushes her to 191 for her career, tying her with Kelly Kretschman (1998-2001) at fourth all-time in the Crimson Tide record books.
In the circle, Fouts (5-0) struck out 11 batters in 4.1 innings of work in game one, with Jaala Torrence making her first appearance at Rhoads Stadium in relief with 2.2 one-hit innings with five strikeouts. Krystal Goodman (1-0) went the distance in game two for her first win of the season, allowing just one run over 7.0 innings.
FROM HEAD COACH PATRICK MURPHY
"It was good to some players experience in the games today. Kayla Davis ripped a ball and Kat Grill got on base three times. In the nine spot, she got on base three times and turned the lineup over which is a very good thing, especially for a freshman in her first start. Everybody got some action tonight which is really good to see."
Hemphill's two RBIs moved her to fourth all-time in the UA career records with 191
Alabama has scored in the first inning in seven of its 11 games, outscoring opponents 23-1
Freshman Bailey Dowling has reached base safely in all 11 games this season
Fifteen different players got at least one plate appearance in Friday's doubleheader
Alabama softball was dominant in the circle across a Saturday doubleheader shutout against North Carolina, with Lexi Kilfoyl throwing a no-hitter in a 2-0 win before Montana Fouts followed with a two-hit shutout and 12 strikeouts in a 4-0 game two decision.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama softball was dominant in the circle across a Saturday doubleheader shutout against North Carolina, with Lexi Kilfoyl throwing a no-hitter in a 2-0 win before Montana Fouts followed with a two-hit shutout and 12 strikeouts in a 4-0 game two decision.
Kilfoyl allowed just one walk in 7.0 innings of work, striking out eight for her first career no-hitter. It is the 37th in program history and already the second of the season for the Crimson Tide, following the combined perfect game from Fouts and Sarah Cornell on opening day at Alabama State.
Alabama's (13-0) two runs in the opening game against North Carolina (5-4) came on a solo home run from Bailey Hemphill, her first long ball of the season, and an RBI double from Kilfoyl to help her own cause. In game two, the teams were scoreless until the Tide capitalized on a two-out error in the bottom of the fourth, plating four unearned runs that ultimately were the difference in the 4-0 win.
Kilfoyl's no-hitter was the first of her career, 37th in Alabama softball history and second for the Tide this season
Montana Fouts' 12 strikeouts was just one shy of her career best set last weekend against Liberty (Feb. 20) and her fourth double-digit strikeout performance in six appearances this season
Bailey Hemphill hit her first home run of the season, a solo shot that moved her past Kelly Kretschman in the UA career records with 192 RBIs
Alabama softball capped an undefeated weekend at the Easton Crimson Classic with a 2-0 shutout over Troy Sunday afternoon at Rhoads Stadium.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama softball capped an undefeated weekend at the Easton Crimson Classic with a 2-0 shutout over Troy Sunday afternoon at Rhoads Stadium.
Heads-up baserunning provided the offensive spark for Alabama (14-0) against Troy (13-3), with a first-inning wild pitch scoring Alexis Mack and some great first-to-third hustle by Kayla Davis on a sacrifice bunt forcing an errant throw that allowed her to score and make it 2-0, which ultimately proved final.
After throwing a no-hitter Saturday, Lexi Kilfoyl (6-0) earned her second start of the weekend and threw a complete-game shutout with just three hits and one walk along with nine strikeouts. Since giving up a seventh-inning run Friday night to Memphis, the Crimson Tide bullpen has thrown 21-straight shutout innings.
FROM HEAD COACH PATRICK MURPHY
"As the competition gets better and better, the execution by our hitters needs to go up as well. If the pitching is great, the execution needs to be even better. Bailey Dowling had a perfect sacrifice bunt and today was probably the first time she was asked to bunt since the ninth grade. Kayla Davis had the play of the game with the heads-up base running, tearing into third base and then scoring a run on the error on the throw. Great baserunning positives for us today basically won the game. These close games are really good for us. Everybody needs to feel that anxiety and that close-game feeling. It's good for us, it's good for the pitchers, it's good for everyone. You can't create that anxiety in-game feeling in practice. I'd love to try, but it's not the same."
Lexi Kilfoyl continued what has been a dominant season in the circle so far, now with just one earned run over 38.0 innings pitched for a 0.18 ERA and 43 strikeouts
Alexis Mack went 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot, earning her third multi-hit game of the season
Tide pitching has now thrown 21 straight scoreless innings since allowing a seventh-inning run against Memphis on Friday
B1 | A wild pitch brought Alexis Mack home from third (1-0, 1 Out)
B4 | Pinch-runner Kayla Davis hustled from first to third on a sacrifice bunt and then came home on an errant throw (2-0, 0 Out)