Alabama Softball Ends Dominant Weekend with Victory over Mercer
It was a successful weekend for Alabama softball, capping off a five-game weekend with a 8-0 victory over the Mercer Bears in five innings.
It wasn’t a no-hitter like we saw from Jaala Torrence, or a perfect game like Montana Fouts pitched just hours before, but Alex Salter had another dominant performance of her own for the Crimson Tide, earning her second victory of the season.
Salter pitched a complete game of five innings, allowing just two hits on 54 pitches, with two strikeouts. Her performance caps off an impressive weekend of pitching from the Crimson Tide, allowing no runs in the last five games dating back to Friday.
“When you have a circle drawn around your position, it’s a pretty important position, and you saw it this weekend,” head coach Patrick Murphy said after the game. “All the way around, all of our pitchers looked really, really good.”
Alabama found its offense in the third inning with three RBI doubles from Kenleigh Cahalan, Ashley Prange, and Bailey Dowling.
In the fifth, Jenna Johnson blasted a two-run home run to open things up, and a sac fly from Cahalan scored Kali Heivilin from second base. Heivilin also had two stolen bases on the day.
Prange ended the inning with a solo home run, giving her eight on the season and already matching last season’s total. The Tide grabbed the last run needed to end the game in the sixth inning thanks to a bases loaded wild pitch that scored Jordan Stephens.
Alabama improves to 17-3 on the season, and plays once again in Tuscaloosa for their next contest on Tuesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. CT.