By: Adam Baranovsky
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.– In another low scoring affair, Alabama won their third straight SEC series of the season with a 6-0 victory against Mississippi State in Starkville, behind a complete game shutout from pitcher Alex Salter.
Salter was able to control the pace of the game in its entirety, being able to go the full seven innings on a relatively low pitching count, totaling one strikeout, with just three hits surrendered on only 92 pitches in the team’s second consecutive complete game.
It has been an absolutely sensational sophomore season for Salter as she picked up her sixth victory in 17 appearances with an ERA below 2.5. The team also ranks second in the SEC in total ERA at 1.99 and 16th in the nation among division-I teams.
Alabama seems to have found a spark at pitching behind Montana Fouts at the right time with the SEC tournament fast approaching, a point that head coach Patrick Murphy has been emphasizing all season.
Jenna Johnson was the spark on offense again for Alabama recording an RBI single in the first inning, making it the third straight game where Alabama scored in the first inning. The offense continued to put up runs and get on base with RBIs from Prange, Broadfoot, and Dowling.
Alabama improves to 31-12 (8-6 SEC) and will look to sweep their first series of the season tomorrow in the finale in Starkville at 1 p.m. C.T. on the SEC Network.