By (Ehsan Kassim)

The Alabama Crimson Tide softball team opened its 2018 season with a 1-0 victory over the South Alabama Jaguars.

In a pitchers duel, both Alabama (1-0) and South Alabama (0-1) collected three hits a piece. Sophomore Gabby Callaway drove in senior Sydney Booker for the lone run of the game in the top of the second.

Freshman Kaylee Tow collected her first career college hit, a double to lead of the sixth inning. Sophomore Bailey Hemphill got the first hit of the season for Alabama with two outs in the first. She also walked three times.

Senior Alabama ace Alexis Osorio pitched a complete game and collected eight strikes outs. She retired the Jaguars with three straight groundouts in the seventh inning to seal the victory.

Osorio had a no-hitter going until the bottom of the fourth, with two outs. A single put runners on the corners for South Alabama, but it was unable to capitalize and failed to tie the game.

Alabama will continue its opening weekend with a pair of games in the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores. It will face Penn State at 11 a.m. and close the day with a game against Lamar at 1 p.m.

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Source:: The Crimson White Sports