Tigers Take Down Tide in Saturday Doubleheader
The Alabama softball team saw its first two losses of the season to the LSU Tigers in Saturday's doubleheader. In the first game, Alabama lost in a battle of the bats, 13-6, and lost 5-1 in the second game, which was a pitcher's duel.
In Game 1, Alabama starter Montana Fouts struggled tremendously: picking up six strikeouts, five hits, five earned runs, and walked six batters in 2.2 innings pitched. Unfortunately for the Tide, the relief pitchers couldn't find a groove either. Jaala Torrence came in for Fouts, and gave up: eight hits, six earned runs, and walked one batter in only 1.2 innings. Alex Salter came in to finish it out, picking up: two strikeouts, two earned runs, two hits, and one walk.
LSU's starting pitcher, Shelbi Sunseri left the game in the bottom of the first inning after getting hit in the face while batting. She walked to the locker room holding a towel to her nose and did not return.
The Bama bats put traffic on the bases, with seven team hits and seven walks. The Tide hit two homers: One, from left fielder Jenna Johnson and the other from right fielder Savannah Woodard, who was back in the lineup after missing nearly three weeks with an ankle injury. Alabama battled back from being down multiple times; scoring two runs in the top of the third inning to tie the game at 3, after going down 3-1, and again in the top of the fifth inning, scoring three runs after being down 5-3, to regain the lead.
However, it wasn't enough to beat the eight walks and 15 hits, including a monster 6-run inning in the bottom of the fifth that the Tigers put up to get the victory.
In Game 2, Lexi Kilfoyl got the start, after missing two weeks due to an ankle injury. In her return, she pitched 6.0 innings with three hits, five earned runs, three walks, and the strikeouts in the 5-1 loss.
The offense went completely cold, as the Bama bats only saw one hit, which was a solo homer by left fielder Jenna Johnson, her second of the day.
The Tigers offense wasn't as explosive as the firs game, only seeing three team hits. Two of those hits, however, came from designated player Georgia Clark, who hit two home runs to help seal LSU's second victory of the day.
The Alabama Crimson Tide play the series finale against the Tigers on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at 2 p.m. CST. Radio coverage begins at 1:50 p.m. CST on Me TV 97.5. There are a few ways to listen: find 97.5 on the radio, listen on nick975.com, or download the Me TV FM 97.5 app, which is free to download in the App Store.