TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama softball head coach Patrick Murphy earned his 1,100th win at the helm of the Crimson Tide as part of a Sunday doubleheader sweep over Louisville, winning 5-0 and 4-0.
The Alabama (4-0) bullpen continued its shutout streak to start the season, holding Louisville (0-2) scoreless over 14.0 innings of play. With 24.0 shutout innings to start the season, it is the second-longest such streak for the Crimson Tide, only trailing the 29.2 scoreless frames that began the 2011 campaign. Montana Fouts (2-0) threw a complete-game one hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in the opening contest before Lexi Kilfoyl (2-0) followed with her own three-hit shutout in the second game, fanning 10 batters.
Offensively, Elissa Brown and KB Sides were a combined 6-for-11 on the day to lead the offense, scoring four of the team's nine runs. Freshman Bailey Dowling drove in a pair of runs on her first career home run, a third-inning slam over the left field fence in game two.
FROM HEAD COACH PATRICK MURPHY
"We were really happy that we were able to play this weekend. The name of the game was pitching today. Montana was great and Kilfoyl followed up with another great performance."
On winning his 1,000th game
"It has been amazing to be here this long. It has been a great ride with a bunch of amazing players and an amazing staff. It doesn't happen often that a power five head coach is able to stay in the same spot for this long, but I am very thankful and have lots of gratitude to have been here."
The game one win was Coach Murphy's 1,100th at Alabama. After a win in game two, his record with the Crimson Tide stands at 1,101-311 (.780)
With 24.0 shutout innings to start the season, it is the second-longest shutout streak to start a season in Alabama history, only trailing 2011's streak of 29.2 scoreless innings
Freshman Bailey Dowling hit her first career home run in game two of Sunday's doubleheader, a two-run shot in the third inning Seven different players earned a hit between Sunday's two games
Crimson Tide pitching has allowed just six hits and four walks over 24.0 shutout innings this season with 39 strikeouts
GAME ONE (ALABAMA 5, LOUISVILLE 0)
B1 | An RBI single from Bailey Hemphill drove in KB Sides (1-0, 0 Out)
B1 | Claire Jenkins dropped a single into right, scoring two (3-0, 2 Out)
B3 | With two in scoring position, a groundout allowed a run to come home (4-0, 0 Out)
B4 | KB Sides roped a double into the gap in left center to score Elissa Brown (5-0, 0 Out)
GAME TWO (ALABAMA 4, LOUISVILLE 0)
B3 | An RBI groundout allowed Elissa Brown to score from third (1-0, 1 Out)
B3 | Two-run home run from Bailey Dowling (3-0, 2 Out)
B5 | Bailey Hemphill drove in KB Sides with an RBI single (4-0, 1 Out)
UP NEXT - EASTON BAMA BASH (TUSCALOOSA, ALA.)
Friday, Feb. 19 vs. Liberty (DH) - 4 p.m. CT
Saturday, Feb. 20 vs. Gardner-Webb (DH) - 3 p.m. CT
Sunday, Feb. 21 vs. LSU - 1 p.m. CT