Ninth ranked Alabama got off to a booming start with runs raining down on Troy, Alabama. The Crimson Tide scored 53 runs in the five game Trojan Classic and batted a robust .378 as a team. Three games ended early under mercy run rules (one team is ahead by at least eight runs after five innings). One game was a challenge but the Tide showed composure coming back from a deep hole late in the game.
The big boppers of the weekend were to nobody’s surprise Bailey Hemphill and Kaylee Tow. Tow had 9 hits in 13 at bats (.692) and was named the SEC Player of the Week. Hemphill was right behind her at 8 for 14 (.571). Both had six walks, three doubles, and a home run. Hemphill has 11 RBI in just five games.
Catcher Reagan Dykes is hitting .455 and stole two bases. Claire Jenkins is at .429 with a pair of dingers.
Transfer pitcher Sarah Cornell made an impressive debut with a 2-hit shutout against Maryland. Superfreshman Montana Fouts pitched 13.0 innings yielding one run in two complete game wins over Troy.
Alabama 12 Murray State 0 (5 Inn.) - Juco transfer Krystal Goodman (W, 1-0) and Madison Preston combined for the shutout. Merris Schroder was 2-3 with a double, home run and 4 RBI.
Alabama 7 Troy 1 - Fouts (W, 1-0) dominated in the circle with 9 Ks and no walks. Claire Jenkins had a homer and 3 RBI.
Alabama 10 Maryland 0 (5 Inn.) - Cornell (W, 1-0) recorded a complete game shutout. Maddie Morgan went 3 for 3 with 5 RBI.
Alabama 16 Murray State 10 - This was a crazy one. Bama led 1-0; Murray took the lead 3-1; Bama regained the lead 7-3; Murray came back to make it 10-7; Bama puts together a NINE RUN sixth inning to overtake the Racers for good. Goodman pitched a shutout seventh for her second win on the young season.
Alabama 8 Troy 0 (6 Inn.) Cornell (W, 2-0) with the complete game.
The quality of the opposition rises to a new level as the Tide heads to the Hillenbrand Invitational in Tucson, headlined by the host team #7 Arizona. USF and Fullerton are not ranked but both have competitive teams this season.
Feb 15 (FRI) vs. USF 12:15pm CT / 11:15am MT
Feb 15 (FRI) vs. New Mexico 2:30pm CT / 1:30pm MT
Feb 16 (SAT) vs. Cal State Fullerton 2:30pm CT / 1:30pm MT
Feb 16 (SAT) at Arizona 4:45pm CT / 3:45pm PT
Feb 17 (SUN) vs. Illinois-Chicago 12:15pm CT / 11:15am MT
All games can be heard on Tuscaloosa radio at 93.3 FM.