The Bats Were Hot in Alabama’s 17-0 Victory Over Copiah-Lincoln
Alabama softball returned to Rhoads Stadium for a doubleheader exhibition against Copiah-Lincoln on Sunday. The Tide entered week two of fall softball after shutting out Georgia Tech twice last Saturday. Alabama proved its dominance again this week with a pair of 2-0 and 17-0 victories over the Wolfpack.
Game one featured the fall debut of Montana Fouts, who pitched a complete-game shutout with only three hits allowed and ten strikeouts. The Tide prevailed as Jenna Johnson brought freshman Larissa Preuitt home from third base with a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the fourth inning. The game ended with a solo home run from Ally Shipman in the bottom of the seventh to secure a 2-0 victory for the Tide.
Game two saw Alex Salter in the circle. The redshirt sophomore pitched a five-inning shutout with only one hit allowed and one walk along with six strikeouts. The game started with an explosive first inning as Ashley Prange made a full trip around the bases from an RBI double. Bailey Dowling brought in three runs with another double and Dowling scored on a wild pitch, making the score 5-0.
The second inning started with Kali Heivilin knocking the first pitch out of the park for a solo home run and Prange bringing home Preuitt with an RBI single to make the score 7-0.
The third inning saw another solo home run, this time by Abby Duchscherer as well as a second home run from Heivilin that brought in two scores to end the third with a score of 10-0.
The fourth inning saw the most amount of scores for the Tide as Aubrey Barnhart tacked on another run with an RBI double. Prange brought Barnhart home off a sac fly RBI and KJ Haney bounced one over the fence for a ground-rule double, bringing home the thirteenth run of the game. Michigan transfer Lauren Esman brought home M'Kay Gidley with an RBI single, and the final scores of the game came from a three-run homer by Dowling. The game was stopped in the fifth inning and the Crimson Tide defeated Copiah-Lincoln 17-0.
Alabama looks to continue its dominance next weekend as they play Wallace State and Birmingham Southern on Saturday.