TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama softball opened play at the Easton Bama Bash Friday afternoon with a 6-3 win over Liberty at Rhoads Stadium.
The Alabama (5-0) offense started hot, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. Liberty (6-1) cut into the deficit with a run in the third and two more in the fourth, but the Crimson Tide answered back with its own pair in the bottom of the fourth, bringing the score to 6-3, which ultimately proved final.
Kaylee Tow led the offense with a 3-for-3 day at the plate, including an RBI single in the first inning, while Elissa Brown and KB Sides tallied a pair of hits each. Brown extended her hitting streak to five games, as did Alexis Mack who drove in two runs on an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth.
The bullpen's scoreless innings streak to start the season ended at 26.1 innings, as a one-out solo home run from the Flames in the third inning plated the first run allowed this season by the Tide. The 26.1 scoreless innings to start a season is the second-longest such streak in program history, only trailing the 29.2 to start the 2011 season. Lexi Kilfoyl (3-0) earned the win with 4.0 perfect relief innings, while Liberty starter Megan Johnson (1-1) took the loss in the circle.
FROM HEAD COACH PATRICK MURPHY
"I thought both of our pitchers did a great job today. A two-hitter in a college softball game is a pretty good feat. It started to look like we weren't going to get anything in the first inning and then boom we put four hits up. Tow was great today going 3-for-3. Kilfoyl has continued to improve every year. Her ball has a lot of movement on it which makes it really hard to hit. That's what initially sold us on her."
With a one-out solo home run in the top of the third, Alabama allowed its first run of the season ending the shutout streak at 26.1 innings which is the second-longest such streak in program history
Today's three-hit performance was the fifth of Tow's career and her first this season
Elissa Brown leads the team with three multi-hit games this season
Brown and Alexis Mack extended their respective hitting streaks to five games
The 10 hits are tied for the most this season by Alabama, previously doing so against Notre Dame (Feb. 13)
With four perfect relief innings Friday, Lexi Kilfoyl has not allowed a run in 15.0 innings pitched this season, striking out 20 with just five hits and one walk
B1st | Bailey Dowling pulled an RBI single through the left side to score KB Sides from third (1-0, 2 Out)
B1st | Tow dropped a single into the right field gap, scoring Dowling from first (2-0, 2 Out)
B1st | Jenna Johnson chopped a single up the middle to drive in Tow from second (3-0, 2 Out)
B1st | A fielding error extended the inning and allowed Claire Jenkins to score (4-0, 2 Out)
T3rd | Savannah Channell hit a one-out solo home run (4-1, 1 Out)
T4th | Liberty scored on a fielding error with the bases loaded (4-2, 0 Out)
T4th | A passed ball brought a runner home from third (4-3, 1 Out)
B4th | Alexis Mack dropped a single into left, driving in Johnson and Brown (6-3, 2 Out)
UP NEXT - ALABAMA VS. LIBERTY/LSU
Saturday, Feb. 20 vs. Liberty - Tuscaloosa, Ala. - 1:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, Feb. 20 vs. #8/9 LSU - Tuscaloosa, Ala. - 4 p.m. CT