After a pair of road tournaments in Troy and Tuscon, the Crimson Tide finally returned home to Rhoads Stadium for the opening weekend in the Annual Easton Bama Bash - and what a bash it was.
Alabama 11 Missouri State 1 (5 Inn.) - The Tide run-ruled the Bears behind the big bats of Bailey Hemphill, Caroline Hardy, and Merris Schroder each of whom went yard. KB Sides was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Sarah Cornell got her fourth win.
Alabama 1 Minnesota 0 - The Gophers came into the weekend newly ranked at #24 and will most likely drop out of the rankings this week after the Tide took two from them. However, the Minnies did win their other three games in Tuscaloosa. This one was a tight game with two aces going toe-to-toe and no score going into the bottom of the seventh. Claire Jenkins singled, was sacrificed to second, and scored on a two-out single by the number nine hitter Elissa Brown for the walk-off victory. Montana Fouts (5-0) pitched a two-hit shutout and (gasp!) yielded her first two walks of the season.
Alabama 7 Missouri State 5 - This was a wild one. There were rain delays, a bunch of hits, and one big stolen hit. Skylar Wallace hit a rare inside the park home run. Elissa Brown came to play as she took a 2-run home run away from the Bears and also went 3-for-3. Krystal Goodman (3-0) struggled, giving up four earned runs over 5.2 innings but got the win. Sarah Cornell got the save with a scoreless 3-up/3-down seventh.
Alabama 7 Minnesota 2 (5 Inn., weather shortened) - In Saturday’s nightcap, Alabama scored seven runs in the fifth on a two-run single by KB Sides, a three run homer by Bailey Hemphill, and a two RBI dinger from Reagan Dykes. The beginning of the game was delayed an hour and a half, and then hammered the two teams after the fifth inning concluded. Nobody needed the presence of James Spann to realize it wasn’t stopping any time soon. Fouts rang up win number six on seven Ks and one base-on-balls.
Alabama 5 ULM 1 - On a Senior Day honoring Caroline Hardy, the Vestavia Hills native fittingly sent a 2-2 pitch over the left field fence to give the Tide a 4-1 lead and basically ice the game. The blast was her third home run of the season and second of the weekend. Courtney Gettins was solid through seven for her second victory on the young season.
- Elissa Brown was 5 for 10 with four runs scored and played some stellar Andruw Jones like centerfield.
- KB Sides had 7 hits, 6 RBI and 4 runs scored.
- Montana Fouts improved her record to 6-0 and has an ERA of 0.54.
A prime chance for Tide fans in Birmingham to see the Crimson Tide in action on Wednesday, Feb 27 at UAB. First pitch is at 6pm CT. I expect you ALL to be there.
Easton Crimson Classic
Back to Tuscaloosa for another tournament. Michigan State is having a rough time so far, standing at 3-10. Southern Miss is 8-5. Saint Francis needs to lighten up at 7-7.
March 1 (Fri) vs Michigan State 4pm
March 1 (Fri) vs Southern Miss 6pm
March 2 (Sat) vs Saint Francis 1:30pm
March 2 (Sat) vs Southern Miss 4pm
March 3 (Sun) vs Michigan State 1:30pm