Murphy Provides Injury Updates On Kilfoyl, Woodard
After Alabama's back-to-back wins on Saturday over Texas and Miami (OH), veteran Alabama Softball coach Patrick Murphy updated the status of junior right-hander Lexi Kilfoyl and junior utility player Savannah Woodard.
While the details on Kilfoyl's ankle injury sustained in a practice prior to the Mardi Gras Mambo have been muddy, it looks like it isn't going to sideline her for a long period of time. According to Murphy, Kilfoyl will pitch at practice on Tuesday following Monday's canceled game.
Murphy also revealed that Woodard's injury is an ankle sprain and while she's hitting in pre-game warm-ups, the team is taking precautions with her ability to run. The timeline for her return is "up to her," according to Murphy, but the lack of a major injury is a good sign for Woodard who hasn't suited up for the Tide since February 20 against Middle Tennessee.
Woodard has seven starting appearances for Alabama in 2022 but her injury has stunted her production so far. In 2021, she started in 45 games, finished the season with a .292 batting average and was third on the team in RBI (26).
Kilfoyl's start for the 2022 season has been exceptional and her absence is noticed. While the injury has limited her total innings pitched to just 19.2, she's still only managed to give up one earned run on the season.
She holds the team's highest ERA at 0.38 and has proved to be just as effective with a bat in her hands. At the plate, Kilfoyl has a .308 batting average across 13 appearances with two drawn walks and a home run in her start against No. 9 Arizona.
Due to the threat of severe weather on Monday, Alabama's game with Eastern Illinois has been canceled, giving Kilfoyl and Woodard the week to be ready for next weekend's opening SEC series with LSU.
The Tide's series with the LSU in Baton Rouge, LA opens on Friday with a 6 p.m. meeting at Tiger Park with Alabama's senior RHP Montana Fouts being the expected starter. Game 2 with the Tigers on Saturday is scheduled to be Alabama's first televised conference game of the season. Coverage of the matchup can be found on the SEC Network starting at 8 p.m. CST.
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