Alabama Softball Tosses Two Shutouts on Saturday
Alabama softball kept its fall season rolling on Saturday with two shutout victories over Georgia Tech at Rhoads Stadium.
The Crimson Tide won game one 1-0 and game two by a final score of 4-0.
The story of the afternoon was largely focused on the center of the diamond where Alabama dominated Yellow Jacket bats for 14 innings. Michigan transfer Lauren Esman went the distance in game one. The senior threw seven shutout innings and only allowed two hits. Jaala Torrence and Alex Salter combined for the shutout in game two. Torrence went 4.1 innings with four strikeouts and Salter covered the final eight outs for the Crimson Tide.
A first-inning solo home run by Ally Shipman was all of the scoring Alabama needed in game one. Shipman was tied for second on the team with eight long balls last spring. The home run was the first big blast of the fall season for Alabama.
Alabama had a little more offense in game two. The Crimson Tide got RBI hits from Kali Heivilin, Kristen White, Abby Duchscherer, and Shipman.
Alabama is no stranger to great pitching. The team had 15 shutouts last year and a team ERA of 2.25. Torrence and Salter played a large role for Alabama last season. Lauren Esman gives head coach Patrick Murphy a new weapon to deploy alongside Montana Fouts.
The team's next fall game is scheduled for Oct. 23. The team will play a doubleheader against Copiah-Lincoln at home.