Bama softball shuts out Pacific, 13-0, to begin the Stanford Nike Invitational

Bama softball shuts out Pacific, 13-0, to begin the Stanford Nike Invitational

The following is from the University of Alabama Athletics Department:

STANFORD, Calif. – Alabama softball opened action at the Stanford Nike Invitational in dominating fashion, shutting out Pacific in five innings, 13-0, Friday afternoon.

Alabama (8-0) tied a season high with 13 runs scored, as four different Tide players had multi-RBI performances. Freshman Demi Turner went 3-4 out of the two-hole with two runs scored and two RBI while Danielle Richard backed her up in the three-hole with a 2-2 performance with three runs scored and two RBI. Leona Lafaele and Chaunsey Bell each drove in runs off hard doubles while Marisa Runyon legged out her first career triple, scoring two.

Tide starter Sydney Littlejohn (3-0) limited the Tiger offense to just three hits to remain undefeated on the year. Pacific (2-6) starter Megan Walters (0-1) was chased after 3.1 innings, as she was credited with nine of the Tide's 13 runs on the day.

Alabama got the scoring started early as Haylie McCleney led off the game with a bunt single, stole second and was then driven in on an RBI single up the middle by Richard. Bell squared up and launched a solid double to the left-field gap to score Richard and Lafaele followed that with another double to the left-field wall to score Bell, making it 3-0.

After a wild pitch moved two runners into scoring position in the top of the second, Turner drove in the pair with a rocket single that short-hopped the Pacific third basemen to make it 5-0. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases but the Tide could not add any more to the lead as they headed to the bottom of the second leading by five.

With Turner on second base in the fourth inning courtesy of a bunt single and stolen base, Richard drove her home with an RBI single up the middle to make it 6-0. Later with the bases loaded, a fielding error in center field allowed three runs to cross, making it 9-0 as that ended Walters' outing in the circle with Carly Mortensen entering to pitch. Mortensen got Pacific out of the inning but the Tide came out of the inning with a nine-run lead.

An error in right field made it a 10 run game, as a single by Turner got past the right fielder to allow Kallie Case to score all the way from first on the E9. Later with runners at the corners, Carrigan Fain grounded out to the pitcher but drove in the run from third to make it 11-0. Marisa Runyon tacked on two more with a long triple to the left-center wall as the Tide entered the bottom half with a commanding 13-0 lead. Littlejohn retired the Tiger batters in order in the fifth to secure the complete-game shutout.

Alabama concludes action today facing Stanford (4-2) with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT.