Alabama Softball Falls in Friday’s Series Opener at Missouri, 2-0
Alabama out-hit Missouri 6-4 Friday night in Columbia, Mo., but the Tigers ultimately got the timely hits, defeating the Crimson Tide 2-0 to open the weekend series.
For the first time this season, Alabama (31-5, 7-3 SEC) suffered a loss when out-hitting its opponent, as the Crimson Tide were held scoreless on six hits while Missouri (19-13, 2-4 SEC) pushed two runs across on four hits. Alabama got the leadoff batter on base in each of the first four innings and got the potential tying run to the plate in the seventh inning courtesy of a fielding error, but the Crimson Tide could not bring any of them home, hitting into three inning-ending double plays in the game.
Demi Turner went 2-3 from the leadoff position, pushing her current hitting streak to a career-best 13 games. Tide starter Alexis Osorio (16-3) took the loss in the complete-game effort, fanning 10 batters. The game is her ninth this season with 10 or more strikeouts.
Missouri’s Cayla Kessinger put the home team in front first, hitting a one-out solo home run in the bottom of the second. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the fourth, a fly ball to left allowed one to score on the sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 and, after a bunt single loaded the bases again, Osorio got out of the jam with a called strikeout to end the inning and keep it a two-run game.
Alabama would get a runner on base in each of the next two innings, but could not score as it remained a two-run deficit heading to the top of the seventh. After a strikeout to start the half-inning, a fielding error on a lazy popup allowed the second batter to reach safely and bring the potential tying run to the plate. A popup went for out number two before a diving catch in right field on a line drive ended it to give Missouri the 2-0 victory in game one of the weekend series.
Game two of the three-game series is set for a 5 p.m. CT start on Saturday, April 1. The game will air live on the SEC Network with Mark Neely and Jenny Dalton-Hill on the call.