TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Saturday February 19th the Tide posted two shutouts at Rhodes Stadium.
Lexi Kilfoyl started things off on the mound for the Crimson Tide against No. 8 Virginia Tech. She had seven strikeouts on the day. The bats were quiet all day for both teams until the bottom of the sixth
when Ally Shipman opened things up for Bama with a two-run home run to left field.
Shipman not only took care of things offensively but also on the defensive side of the ball, tagging the
runner out at home in the top of the fifth. The home run was Shipman’s second of the weekend
and her third of the season, also her fourth game with multiple RBIs.
Lexi Kilfoyl has not allowed a run in three appearances so far this season, with 12.0 of the 12.2 innings pitched coming in complete-game wins over ninth-ranked Arizona and eighth-ranked Virginia Tech. The
game was a true pitcher’s duel with Bama winning in the end 2-0.
In the second game against Middle Tennessee, Alex Saltar took the mound for the Tide
getting her second career win. Montana Fouts earned her first save of the season, coming in at
the top of the fifth. Jenna Lord made her first career start, she put the Tide on the board first in
the bottom of the fourth driving in Bailey Dowling from third.
Shipman kept the bats warm for the team in the bottom of the fifth with a two run double to shallow left. That was only the start for Bama, still with no outs Ashley Prange was hit by a pitch with bases loaded bringing in Dallas Goodnight. Megan Bloodworth drove in a runoff a sac fly RBI 5-0 still in the fifth one out. In Jordan Stephens first career start she bounced a two-run double off the left field wall 7-0.
Goodnight walked off the game for the Tide on a fielding error to complete the 8-0 run rule at the bottom of the fifth. Alabama is 3-0 against ranked opponents this season, posting shutouts in all three games. The win marked the fifth gamethis season in which Alabama scores at least eight runs.
When asked what coach Patrick Murphy liked today with the team he said “Number one, Kilfoyl’s game face on the mound was just unbelievable. The intangible she told the team about herself this year was to have a calm, cool presence when stuff happens. She has absolutely lived that every game she’s gone out there.Kudos to her for keeping her cool with the bases loaded no outs.”
The Alabama Crimson Tide take the field again at Rhodes on Sunday against Middle Tennessee at 1:30 p.m. CT.