NO. 5 ALABAMA SOFTBALL EXTENDS UNDEFEATED STREAK TO 20-0

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After sweeping its third weekend tournament in a row, Alabama improves its undefeated record to 20-0 on the season. The Crimson Tide defeated all four of its opponents scoring no more than three runs in each game relying on defense and pitching to secure the wins.

“The good thing is that we are winning (close games),” coach Patrick Murphy said. “Our pitching staff keeps us in the game and our defense keeps us in the game. It’s good for us to have one-run games, tied games in the fifth, sixth, seventh innings because that is what is going to happen in the SEC.”

Up to this point in the season, the Alabama pitching and defense has been somewhat overshadowed by what the team has been able to do at the plate. In the first weekend of the season, Alabama pushed across 10 runs in three of the four matchups. The Crimson Tide has also run-ruled six teams, including an 11-1 victory over Missouri State a team that defeated No. 22 Auburn earlier in the 2019 season. This past weekend, the pitching and defense were led by senior Courtney Gettins who looked strong in her senior day against Saint Francis. Gettins pitched 5 and 2/3 innings allowing one earned run on four hits and struck out two in a 3-1 victory over the Red Flash.

“It was good game,” Gettins said. “We are just building trying to get better every day. We did not perform at our best I would say but we came out and got the win. We are just working hard, making small adjustments and looking forward to the start of the SEC.”

Freshman Skylar Wallace was one of the big bright spots for Alabama this past weekend. In the four games, Wallace went 4-for-9 at the plate including a home run against Saint Francis which sealed the win for Alabama. In the past ten games, she has been hot at the plate. Wallace raised her batting average over 70 points and belting out all three of her home runs on the year in that span. She credits a few minor adjustments at the plate that has made big dividends.

“Obviously I have been on the struggle bus just not being myself lately,” Wallace said. “I have really thought about keeping my front shoulder toward left field, watching the ball come in and not trying to think too much.”

Alabama looks to defend its fifth-best start in program history as it plays two midweek games at home. First, Alabama takes on South Alabama on Tuesday then, on Wednesday the Crimson Tide face Mississippi Valley State.

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