Sydney Littlejohn secured a dominant series win against Ole Miss in style, throwing a perfect game Sunday to ensure a scoreless sweep for the Crimson Tide (18-4, 3-0 SEC). Littlejohn's performance was part of a trio of excellent outings in the circle by Alabama pitchers, as the Rebels were unable to score a run in the series.
Littlejohn's perfect game was her second of the season and career, and makes her the first pitcher in Crimson Tide history to throw two perfect games. Littlejohn's other perfect game came on February 6 of this season against Eastern Kentucky.
GAME 1: BAMA 6 Ole Miss 0
Alabama started the series on Friday night with a 6-0 win behind a complete game shutout from Freshman Alexis Osario and a first-inning grand slam courtesy of Marisa Runyon. The Tide drew 10 walks and kept putting pressure on the Rebels. Alabama was unable to capitalize offensively in many situations, leaving 12 runners on base, but Osario made sure that would not matter. Osario allowed only two hits to go with 11 strikeouts.
GAME 2: BAMA 7 Ole Miss 0
In game two, Leslie Jury put on a show for the Rhoads Stadium crowd on her own Senior Day. Jury followed Osario's complete game shutout with one of her own, with eight strikeouts, no walks and six hits as Alabama won 7-0. Jadyn Spencer led the Tide with a two-run home run in the first inning to push Alabama's lead to four. Andrea Hawkins hit a two-run double to increase the Crimson Tide lead to six, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored run number seven on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth.
GAME 3: BAMA 10 Ole Miss 0
Littlejohn went above and beyond the standard Osario and Jury set in the first two games with her perfect game in Sunday's matchup. Littlejohn struck out the first six Rebel batters, then leaned on the Tide defense for the final three innings. Alabama put 10 runs on the board in the first two innings to run-rule Ole Miss. Runyon, Leona Lafaele and Chaunsey Bell led the Tide offense in the first inning, as Alabama scored five runs.
The Rebels defense collapsed in the second inning, committing two costly errors that led to five unearned runs for the Tide. Littlejohn cruised the rest of the way as the Crimson Tide won in five innings. It took Littlejohn only 65 pitches to earn the perfect game.
The Crimson Tide will face UAB Tuesday at home at 6 p.m. CT. After the in-state showdown, the Tide will travel to Athens, Georgia to face the Georgia Bulldogs for a weekend series starting Friday, March 13. Tickets for Alabama's matchup versus UAB are available here or at the gate prior to the game.