Alabama Softball Continues Its Dominance
Alabama Softball did not get the luck of the draw on Friday. The team was supposed to play back-to-back against two very good teams. However, Alabama still ended the day with two wins and zero losses, and even gave the Lions of Southeastern Louisiana their first loss of the season.
Because the Southeastern Lions were 10-0 coming into this game, coach Patrick Murphy decided to play the ace of the Alabama rotation, fifth-year senior Montana Fouts. Throughout seven straight innings, the Lions had almost no answers for number 14. Fouts got her fifth win of the season and ended the game only allowing two hits, and two errors. She also led all pitchers in the game with nine total strikeouts including three strikeouts in the top of the fourth inning.
Fouts was not the only one doing the heavy lifting. Just like the game earlier against Kennesaw State, the bats were rolling. Even though the Crimson Tide scored no home runs, it was able to get on base multiple times to set up the next batter.
"We have to swing with more authority," said Murphy to the team right before playing Southeastern. "We had too many easy outs on changeups with our front foot being out of place. Even with the win, we have to swing the bat harder".
All six runs for the Crimson came in the bottom of the fourth inning. With a runner on second and third, Emma Broadfoot hit a single up the middle, which brought in Jordan Stephens. Jenna Johnson was the next batter up and she hit a sac fly. While she was thrown out, Kali Heivillan scored from third. Later in the inning, the team loaded the bases up for Ally Shipman with two outs. Shipman came in clutch and brought in Ashley Prange, Kenleigh Cahalan, and Faith Hensley. Finally, Bailey Dowling hit a single down the left-field line which brought in M'Kay Gidley.
The Tide have no time to celebrate this win as it plays on Saturday, against Indiana State, at 11 a.m. CST.