Alabama Softball Takes Series Against Top Ranked Gators

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The Alabama softball team was in action this weekend in Gainesville, FL against the Gators and took the series, two games to one.

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Most people know that Tuscaloosa is Title Town, but some think it’s just for football. The ladies would have something to say about that. Gymnastics won their 34th consecutive regional on Saturday to secure a spot in the National Championships and the Alabama softball team is chugging along with a trip to Oklahoma City on their mind at the end of the year.

This weekend, the Tide was in Gainesville to take on the top ranked Florida Gators, and took the series two games to one. Alabama won the two bookend games on Friday and Sunday.

It was the first SEC series the Gators have lost in over a calendar year and their first shut-out loss this season. The three runs over the three games was also their lowest run total for a weekend of play this season.

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Friday night’s contest turnout to be a pitcher’s duel with the Tide only needing two runs to top the Gators’ single run of the game. Alabama’s Sydney Littlejohn threw 6.1 innings with five hits and one run. Alexis Osorio entered in the seventh to secure the final two outs. Both of the Tide’s runs came off of the bat of Sydney Booker, going 1-3 with an RBI fielder’s choice and an RBI double.

Alabama would fight for a comeback during Saturday’s game, but fell just short in that one, 3-2. The Gators struck first in the third inning with an RBI double from Amanda Lorenz. In the top half of the next inning, Regan Dykes sent one over the wall to score two runs and give Alabama the lead. Florida answered right back with a home run of their own to knot things back up at two runs a piece. Kayli Kvistad dropped a single into left field for Florida which allowed Kelsey Stewart to slide into home and it proved to be all they would need.

Sunday belonged totally to the Crimson Tide as they won the series in the final game of the weekend, 3-0. Littlejohn was once again in the circle, going the distance with a two-hitter. Alabama posted two runs in the first inning. Haylie McCleney led off the frame with a single. An error allowed Chandler Dare to reach base and McCleney to score to give Alabama the 1-0 lead. A passed ball later in the same frame pushed one more across the plate. The Tide’s final run of the game came during sixth on an RBI double from Booker.

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Alabama will be back in action on Tuesday in Tuscaloosa against Mississippi Valley State. First pitch is 6 p.m. CT and the game will be carried on SEC Network+.