It was another weekend, another tournament, and another sweep. The No. 6 Crimson Tide has pushed their record to 20-0 as we move into March. The truth is that the opposition has not always been top-notch so far, but February has loaned itself to allowing the lineup to gel as well as helping so many new pitchers get their feet wet.
The bats were a little cold this weekend, but the pitching was solid.
Alabama 2 Michigan State 1
Alabama managed only four hits and two of them came from Kaylee Tow at the top of the order. Her two-run double in the second would be the only runs for the game for the Tide. In the circle was the freshman phenom Montana Fouts who pitched seven innings, striking out 11 with no walks for her seventh victory.
Alabama 3 Southern Miss 2
The Tide again collected only four hits but made them count. Elissa Brown led off the first inning with a triple and was sent home by a Tow triple. However, the first baseman was left stranded on third. Alabama had ducks on the pond in the fifth after a pair of walks. A Tow sac-fly and a double by Bailey Hemphill put Bama up 3-1. Krystal Goodman gave up a run in the first and Sarah Cornell allowed on in the sixth but the duo held on for the win
Alabama 3 Saint Francis 1
Game 3 saw yet another shortage of hits for the Crimson Tide who managed that crazy number of four. However, two of them were home runs. The game was scoreless until KB Sides singled through the right side to knock in a run in the fifth. SFU answered with a run in the top of the sixth, but Merris Schroder and Skylar Wallace fired back with solo home runs in the bottom of the frame. Courtney Gettins pitched 5.2 solid innings with Cornell (7-0) finishing out the game for the win.
Alabama 3 Southern Miss 1
Three is a magic number for the Tide as they recorded a trio of runs for the third straight game and broke through for SIX hits. Kaylee Tow was again the straw that stirred the drink as she singled in a run in the first and forced an errant throw on a grounder in the third that plated two more. Fouts (W, 8-0) again went the distance fanning 11 with one walk and an unearned run.
Sunday’s game was cancelled due to weather.
THE SHORT VERSION
Pitching was strong. Hits were scarce but timely.
- Elissa Brown was 4 for 8 with four 4 scored in a return to the leadoff spot.
- Skylar Wallace had 4 hits in 9 at bats, and 3 runs scored. She now leads the team in hitting at .381.
- Kaylee Tow was 4 for 10 with 5 RBI. Her average moves to .367 with 18 RBI.
- Montana Fouts was again masterful upping her record to 8-0 in 8 starts with an ERA of 0.53.
Alabama has a pair of weekday games and then moves into SEC play against the Mizzou Tigers (11-7). All games are at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
Mar 5 (Tue) vs South Alabama 5 p.m. CT
Mar 6 (Wed) vs Mississippi Valley State 6 p.m. CT
Mar 8 (Fri) vs Missouri 6:30 P.M. CT
Mar 9 (Sat) vs Missouri 2 P.M. CT
Mar 10 (Sun) vs Missouri 1 P.M. CT SEC Network
* All games can be heard on Radio: 93.3 FM.
After this weekend, Alabama jets off to Hawaii for the Rainbow Wahine Classic, two games each against host Hawaii, Niagara, and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.