Softball coach Patrick Murphy broke the bad news regarding freshman infielder Bailey Dowling in a press conference today.
Coach Murphy with an injury update on Bailey Dowling#Team25 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/qaDtCUJcqR— Alabama Softball (@AlabamaSB) March 23, 2021
An MRI on Monday revealed a torn ACL and torn MCL that will knock her out for the season. It is a similar injury that teammate Claire Jenkins also suffered that made her miss the entire 2020 season. By all accounts, Jenkins is back to 100% though she now sports a large knee brace.
Disaster struck in the second inning of Game 2 against Tennessee last Saturday when Dowling was covering first base on a play and her foot awkwardly landed on the base causing her to collapse to the turf in pain. She had to be carried off the field.
At the time, she was hitting .306 with a team-leading 6 home runs and 25 RBI.
Savannah Woodard has filled in nicely at second base but she cannot replace the run-generating production of Dowling at the plate.