April 16, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Three unearned runs in the first inning provided No. 4 Alabama the cushion they needed to take down Southern Miss, 11-0, in five innings on Tuesday from Rhoads Field.
Alabama (38-6) scored four runs in both the first and fourth innings and held Southern Miss (11-33) to a pair of singles in the midweek affair.
The game was the fourth in a nine-game road swing for the Golden Eagles that will see the team head to Atlanta and Orlando to close out the week.
Against the reigning national champions the Golden Eagles did not back down, opening up the game on the attack as Katie Cleary reached on a one-out fielding error by Leona Lafaele at first. After Mackenzie Sher had a few booming foul balls, the Tide walked the junior and a Danielle LaPointe sacrifice moved the runners to second and third.
Morgan McKeever drew a two-out walk but Taylor Beck's first-pitch pop-up ended the threat in its tracks in the first.
The Tide responded in kind in their half of the first, loading up the bases with their first three batters thanks to a lead-off single, a fielding error and a walk to get to leading slugger Kaila Hunt who got a lazy single to drop in shallow left field to make it a 1-0 game. Two sacrifice flies added two more runs before another fielding error in the inning, this time with two outs, made it 4-0.
An RBI single from Haylie McCleney to bring in Kayla Braud from second made it 5-0 in the bottom of the second inning.
In the third, Danae Hays, with a runner on first, doubled to the gap in left field to drive in Keima Davis who stole second during the previous at bat, to make it 6-0. After coming in to relieve starter Beth Dietrich to begin the inning, Kaitlin Wilson got a strikeout but another run came in on a two-out Golden Eagle error, the third of the game.
On to pinch hit to lead off the fourth, Jordan Patterson knocked a 2-1 offering over the fence in left center to push the Alabama lead to 8-0. With two outs, the Tide knocked out their second homer, this one a two-run shot off the bat of Jadyn Spencer to go up 10-0. After Kallie Case tripled with two outs, an illegal pitch brought her across to make it 11-0.
In to relieve the starter Lauren Sewell, last season's College World Series MVP Jackie Traina got a fly out and strikeout before giving up a two-out single into left field to Sarah Evans to keep the Eagle bats alive. But, one batter later, after
Dietrich (1-12) suffered the loss on two innings of work, surrendering four hits hits and five runs (two earned) while Sewell moved to 8-0 on the year.
A pair of freshmen, Evans and Michelle Stringer, picked up the hits for Southern Miss with Stringer's single up the middle coming in the second inning.
Southern Miss is back on the diamond on Thursday when they travel to Atlanta for a two-game set against Atlantic Coast Conference member Georgia Tech. Games are set to begin at 4 p.m. CT.
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