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Alabama Softball Goes 2-2 at Easton Bama Bash

The Crimson Tide were unable to beat an excellent Michigan squad in their two matchups, but won games against overmatched James Madison and Lipscomb.

Alabama celebrates as a run is scored in their victory over JMU on Saturday.
Alabama celebrates as a run is scored in their victory over JMU on Saturday.
Vasha Hunt (vhunt@al.com)

Alabama lost both games to No. 5 Michigan this weekend, as the Crimson Tide were unable to get quality wins over the Wolverines to solidify their early season resume. Michigan beat the Tide 8-2 Friday night and 4-1 Saturday. Alabama's bats were as cold as the weather at Rhoads Stadium that forced the Crimson Tide to cancel their second game of Friday night against James Madison. Alabama rebounded after their back-to-back losses to Michigan with a 6-4 win over JMU Saturday and a 6-1 win over Lipscomb Sunday.

Crimson Tide pitchers turned in largely solid performances over the course of the weekend, with Sydney Littlejohn and Alexis Osario leading the way. Littlejohn pitched an effective game in the win over JMU, going six and two thirds innings, allowing four runs with only three earned. Osario had an impressive outing on Sunday, pitching all seven innings and allowing only one run on two hits in the win over Lipscomb.

Haylie McCleney continued her hot streak at the plate to lead the Crimson Tide offensively. McCleney went 6-11 at the plate, scoring four runs. Chandler Dare knocked out her first career home run in Saturday's win over James Madison, and had an excellent day at the plate, going 3-3 with one run and one RBI. For the weekend, Dare went 7-11 with a home run, three runs and two RBI. Danielle Richard had a great weekend as well, batting 3-10 with four RBI.

Dare and Richard were the only two Alabama players named to the all-tournament team.

Alabama does not have the luxury of hanging their heads and must regroup quickly. The Crimson Tide make the short road trip to Jacksonville State on Wednesday, before hosting the undefeated No. 6 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns for a weekend series.