Team 26 is off to a flying start at the Candrea Classic in Tucson, Arizona.

Alabama softball won its first game of the season 11-0 via run rule in five innings against Southern Utah.

The offense struck early and often for the Crimson Tide, posting an eight spot in the first inning. Tennessee transfer Ally Shipman started the scoring party with a two-RBI double and freshman Megan Bloodworth added a grand slam in her first collegiate at-bat to give Alabama a comfortable lead.

The first inning grand slam was one of two home runs for Bloodworth, who added a solo home run in the third inning. Bailey Dowling and Ally Shipman also went deep for the Crimson Tide.

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Meanwhile, on the mound, sophomore Jaala Torrence quietly pitched a one hit shutout, striking out nine of the 16 Thunderbirds she faced.

It was an impressive start for a Crimson Tide team with high expectations. They are ranked No. 2 in D1Softball's Poll. The team adds six freshman and three transfers to its returning 11 players.

Alabama will continue Candrea Classic play with a doubleheader starting tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. CT. The Tide will take on Oregon State and then Arizona. They will finish up play out west on Sunday against New Mexico.

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