Alabama Softball Suffers Walk-Off Loss Sunday at Tennessee
For the second-straight game, Alabama softball fell in walk-off fashion to Tennessee as a seventh-inning home run by Brooke Vines gave the Volunteers a 2-0 win in Sunday’s pitcher’s duel.
With the loss, Alabama (36-9, 10-7 SEC) suffers its second SEC series loss of the season while Tennessee (39-5, 11-3 SEC) extends its winning streak to 18 games. Sydney Littlejohn (14-3) suffered her third loss of the season, giving up just two hits in the game until Vines’ two-run home run in the seventh inning. All three of Littlejohn’s losses this season have been shutouts, allowing two or fewer runs in each of them. The Tide out-hit the Vols, 4-3, but left seven runners on base.
Alabama scratched two hits across in the top of the first and a would-be home run tailed just foul before a popup ended the half-inning. Another big shot by Bailey Hemphill in the top of the third fell just shy at the warning track in right field, as the score remained 0-0 heading to the bottom of the third. A one-out walk in the third gave Tennessee its first baserunner of the day and an infield single in the next at-bat went as its first hit, putting two on base. A grounder to Marisa Runyon at third allowed her to tag the base and throw to first for an inning-ending double play to keep the score 0-0.
With two out in the top of the fifth, Elissa Brown reached on a slap single and back-to-back walks to Mari Cranek and Chandler Dare would load the bases for Alabama but a sharp line drive would be caught to end the inning as the Tide couldn’t capitalize on the scoring opportunity.
With the score still 0-0 in the top of the seventh, Sydney Booker started the inning with a bunt single and Claire Jenkins laid down another bunt to sacrifice Booker into scoring position. A ground ball went for out number two but advanced Booker to third base, however a popup back to the pitcher ended the half-inning and stranded the potential go-ahead run 60 feet away.
Tennessee’s Meghan Gregg drew a walk to begin the bottom of the seventh and Vines ended it on one swing, sending a two-run home run to straightaway center to defeat Alabama, 2-0.
The series finale is set for a 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT start on Monday, April 17 live on SEC Network.