Alexis Osorio

Courtesy: University of Alabama Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A two-run error in the fourth inning ultimately made the difference in a close 4-2 win for Alabama over South Alabama Wednesday night at Rhoads Stadium.

Alabama (39-8) scored four runs on six hits against South Alabama (26-13), including a two-run home run by Leona Lafaele as part of a 2-3 day at the plate. Over her last five games, Lafaele is hitting .538 (7-13) with five home runs.

“Leona is seeing the ball really well,” head coach Patrick Murphy said. “She had a great weekend against Texas A&M and that carried over into today. Towards the end of the year, you need someone to do that. We just needed to put more people on in front of her tonight to score.”

Sydney Littlejohn (18-3) and Alexis Osorio each pitched in the victory, as Littlejohn earned her 18th win of the year and Osorio threw 2.2 shutout relief innings for her fifth save, striking out seven of the nine batters she faced. Jaguar starter Devin Brown didn’t factor into the decision, exiting with the score tied at 2-2 after 2.0 innings, but reliever Destin Vicknair (11-3) took the loss after a costly throwing error gave Alabama the lead in the fourth inning.

South Alabama struck first, pulling ahead 1-0 in the top of the first on a fielding error. Lafaele quickly erased the deficit in the bottom-half of the inning with a two-run homer that just stayed fair over the pole down the left-field line. A solo home run by South Alabama’s Dayla Gulledge in the top of the second tied it back up at 2-2 and the score remained the same until the bottom of the fourth inning. With two runners in scoring position and two out, the Jaguar catcher fielded the ball just in front of home plate but threw it over the first baseman’s head, allowing both runs to score and Alabama to pull ahead 4-2. After securing the first out of the fifth inning, Littlejohn exited and Osorio shut out the Jaguars over the next 2.2 innings to earn the save and secure the 4-2 win.

Fourth-ranked Alabama continues SEC play this weekend, hosting No. 11 Kentucky for a three-game series at Rhoads Stadium. Game one is set for a 6:30 p.m. CT start on Friday, April 22.

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