On the road in Louisiana before the Mardi Gras Mambo, Alabama Softball run-ruled the No. 20 Ragin' Cajuns, 9-1, after just five innings of play. Junior right-hander Lexi Kilfoyl picked up her third complete-game win on the season, all three coming against ranked opponents.

"It was a great crowd and our hitters did really well," said Alabama coach Patrick Murphy.

"I had a feeling the third inning was our chance and we just had good at-bats that inning and throughout the game. Abby Doerr had an 0-2 count two times and drew a walk, so our at-bats are getting better as the year goes on."

Graduate infielder Kaylee Tow's first homer of the year, a two-run shot, gave Alabama the early lead in the first in Thursday's meeting against Louisana. The next two runs came from a walk drawn by junior Abby Doerr and a ball hitting freshman Megan Bloodworth, both happening with the bases loaded giving Alabama a 4-0 lead.

Starting RHP Lexi Kilfoyl continued to solidify herself in the "pitchers who rake" club as she added to the offense on Thursday by opening up the Alabama lead to 6-0 with a two-run double in the third. Kilfoyl is hitting .333 on the year and holds a top-five OPS for the team at 1.233.

Louisiana was able to hold off the shutout by drawing Kilfoyl's first earned run all season in the fourth inning. But the rebuttal ended with only one run scored and the Tide was able to hold on for the run-rule victory in the fifth inning, their sixth abbreviated win in 2022.

Team 26 plays in a double-header today as they start their third tournament of the season in Youngsville, LA at the Mardi Gras Mambo hosted by Southeast Louisiana. The Tide will play Nichols at 2 p.m. and Southeastern Louisiana at 4 p.m. on the tournament's opening day.

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On Saturday, Alabama will see another double-header with a meeting against Northwestern State at 3 p.m. and a 5 p.m. game with Louisiana Tech. The Tide closes the tournament on Sunday at 11 a.m. with a rematch against No. 20 Louisiana before heading back to Rhoads Stadium.

The tournament consists of 10 teams, half of the field being from Louisiana, and five schools are scheduled to participate in the Youngsville Mardi Gras parade on Saturday of the event.

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