Alabama only needed five innings to dispatch the University of South Florida in its third game of the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational on Friday morning. The Crimson Tide claimed its second run-rule victory in a row after beating the Bulls 9-1 behind a strong batting and pitching performance.

Alabama’s victory over USF came the morning after an 8-0 shutout win over top-ranked Washington. Sarah Cornell got the start and the win on the mound for Alabama against the Bulls, allowing just five hits and striking out two while pitching 4.1 innings. Freshman Lexi Kilfoyl came in to finish off the game, striking out two batters in a continuation of her dominant, near-shutout against Washington the game prior.

The Crimson Tide’s bats were once again scorching hot. Kaylee Tow’s three-run homer in the fourth inning started the scoring deluge for Alabama. Outfielder KB Sides finished the game with two RBIs while infielders Skylar Wallace and Maddie Morgan each finished with one. The speedy Alexis Mack, who joined Alabama this season after transferring from Oregon, had three hits in the win.

The victory propels Alabama to 4-3 on the season. The Crimson Tide will look for its fourth-straight win against UCLA at 3 p.m. CT on Friday afternoon.

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