The Alabama Crimson Tide softball team fell to the Ole Miss Rebels on Sunday, taken down in the final inning by a score of 5-4.

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Alex Salter got the start on the mound for the Tide. She allowed just four hits and one run in her four innings pitched. Jaala Torrence pitched two innings in relief, and Montana Fouts closed the game.

In contrast to Saturday’s thriller, Alabama found offense early in the game, scoring first in the second inning from a Kali Heivilin RBI single.

Ole Miss responded instantly with a solo home run that same inning from Savana Sikes. Sikes was one of the few bright spots early for the Rebels in the game, going 3-3 from the plate.

The Alabama offense did its part of pulling away from then on. They added two more runs in the fourth inning from an Emma Broadfoot RBI groundout and a homerun from Heivilin.

Larissa Preuitt had a nice day at the plate for the Tide, and added more insurance in the fifth inning with an RBI single to increase their lead to three.

Things looked good heading into the bottom of the final inning for the Tide, until disaster struck. The damage started when the Rebels opened the inning with back-to-back solo home runs off of Torrence with no outs.

Fouts was brought into the game to try and hold off the Rebel’s final push. After forcing a groundout to start, a bunt and a fielder’s choice put runners on first and second for the Rebels with just one out.

Paige Smith followed with an RBI single to tie the game for Ole Miss, and Mya Stevenson doubled to the outfield to drive in the winning run.

With the loss, Alabama’s three-game winning streak comes to an end heading into the SEC Tournament in Fayetteville. The Crimson Tide earned the 5th seed and will play the winner of Missouri and Mississippi State on Wednesday.

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