ALABAMA SOFTBALL EARNS TWO WINS TO OPEN ITS FALL SEASON

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Alabama softball finished its weekend with a pair of wins to open its fall season. The Crimson Tide beat Pensacola State 10-1, followed by a shutout over Memphis, 8-0.

In its first game, senior Sarah Cornell started in the circle, throwing 3.2 innings with four strikeouts, while senior Krystal Goodman closed out the game, adding a pair of strikeouts. Senior Bailey Hemphill had three hits, including two doubles, along with five RBIs and graduate transfer Alexis Mack went 4-for-4, with an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Senior Elissa Brown and Mack started with back-to-back singles, eventually coming home on an RBI groundout by junior KB Sides and an RBI double from Hemphill. The Crimson Tide extended its lead with a six-run fourth inning, with five different players driving in runs.

“The fall games are always a good opportunity for the new players to get some of the jitters out and just go out and play,” head coach Patrick Murphy said in a press release. “They got a lot of playing time and all did well. I like the speed on offense; we made some great plays on defense and the three pitchers all looked good.”

In its shutout over Memphis, freshman Alexis Kilfoyl threw a complete-game shutout, only allowing two hits over 5.0 innings with three strikeouts. The Crimson Tide scored a pair of runs in the second inning on an RBI groundout from sophomore Kayla Davis, who later scored on an infield single from Brown.

Alabama added four runs in the third inning, starting with a bases-loaded walk for freshman Savannah Woodard. Junior Maddie Morgan followed that by adding a two-run single and Davis later added another with a sacrifice fly. Hemphill finished the day with a two-run double in the fourth inning.

Alabama faces Wallace State and Montevallo Sunday, Oct. 20, at Rhoads Stadium. The first pitch is slated for 1:30 p.m. CT.

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