TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Fifth-ranked Alabama softball made a statement in its weekend finale Sunday at the Easton Bama Bash, posting a 13-5 run-rule victory over eighth-ranked LSU.
The Alabama (8-0) and LSU (5-3) offenses traded back-and-forth to start the game. The Tigers took the first lead in the top of the first before the Crimson Tide moved ahead in the bottom half. The pattern continued the next inning, with LSU tying it in the top of the second only for Alabama to regain the lead in the home half of the inning. The Tigers tied it again at 5-5 with a fifth-inning home run but Alabama pulled away over the next two, scoring eight unanswered to cap the run-rule victory.
Clutch hitting was the key in the victory, as all 13 runs scored for Alabama came with two outs. The 13 runs scored is tied for the most ever by Alabama against LSU and Sunday's win marked the first run-rule in the series since the Tide earned a six-inning 9-1 victory on March 28, 2014.
Kaylee Tow was the offensive sparkplug all weekend and Sunday was no exception as she went 3-for-4 batting cleanup with five RBIs and three runs scored. Freshman Bailey Dowling backed her up in the five-hole, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs as well, including a two-run home run. Eight different batters earned at least one hit in the season-high 12 hit effort, including one from Elissa Brown to extend her hitting streak to eight games. Montana Fouts (4-0) earned the win in the circle for the Tide while Shelby Wickersham (1-1) took the loss for the Tigers.
FROM HEAD COACH PATRICK MURPHY
"I am really proud of our team and our coaching staff. It's been a long time since we've run-ruled [LSU] and they are a great team. Montana hung in there the whole game and got us outs when we needed them, giving us big opportunities. Kaylee Tow has been on fire this whole weekend for us. Before the game we talked about how we wanted to earn the runs today and Tow had two great two-out bases loaded hits which is hard to do. I couldn't be prouder of our team for being so zoned in at the plate."
- The 13 runs scored is tied for the most Alabama has ever scored against LSU, matching the 13-0 victory on March 26, 2005 in Baton Rouge.
- Alabama has now scored in the first inning in five of its eight games played and is outscoring opponents 19-1 in the opening frame.
- The Tide scored in the next half-inning each time the Tigers scored today, something that Alabama has now done in five of the seven innings opponents have scored in this season..
- Elissa Brown extended her hitting streak to eight games, earning at least one in every game this season After setting a season-high with 11 hits yesterday against LSU, Alabama bettered that with 12 on Sunday.
EASTON BAMA BASH ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Kaylee Tow (MVP) 11-for-14 (.786), 7 R, 9 RBI
Elissa Brown 6-for-10 (.600), 5 R
Bailey Dowling 5-for-13 (.385), 3 2B, 7 RBI
Lexi Kilfoyl 2-0, 0.64 ERA, 11.0 IP, 6 SO
Taylor Pleasants (LSU); Shelbi Sunseri (LSU); Amber Bishop-Riley (Liberty)
T1 | LSU drove in a run on a sacrifice fly (0-1, 1 Out)
B1 | Kaylee Tow blasted a double off the wall in left to drive in Alexis Mack (1-1, 2 Out)
B1 | Bailey Dowling smacked a two-run home run to left center (3-1, 2 Out)
T2 | LSU tied it up with a two-run home run (3-3, 0 Out)
B2 | Alexis Mack chopped an infield single past the pitcher to drive in Kat Grill from third (4-3, 2 out)
B2 | Bailey Hemphill pulled an RBI single through the left side (5-3, 2 Out) T4 | LSU tied it up with a two-run home run to right center (5-5, 2 Out)
B4 | With the bases loaded, Kaylee Tow drove in two with a single to right and a fielding error brought a third run home (8-5, 2 Out)
B4 | Bailey Dowling pulled a double through the left side just past the outstretched shortstop's glove to drive in a run (9-5, 2 Out)
B5 | Tow came through again with the bases loaded, dropping a single into right field to plate two runs (11-5, 2 Out)
B5 | Dowling capped the run-rule victory with a two-run double (13-5, 2 Out)
Alabama vs. UAB Wednesday, Feb. 24 - 6 p.m. CT