Softball splits Saturday double header at Kentucky

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Jake Arthur

Alabama split Saturday’s double header at Kentucky.

Cody Estremera

Alabama split its Saturday double header against Kentucky. It won the first game 9-0 and lost the second 11-6.

Alabama cruised to an easy win in game one of Saturday’s double header at Kentucky. The Crimson Tide jumped on the Wildcats in the second inning. 

Gabby Callaway doubled to left field to lead off the inning. After a walk, fly out and a ground out, Sydney Booker pulled a single to left field scoring Callaway, and moving Merris  Schroder to third. Schroder scored on a wild pitch, putting the Crimson Tide up two. 

That was all the insurance ace Alexis Osorio needed. She went the distance in her first game back from a concussion. She allowed just one hit and struck out 10 over her seven innings of work. 

Alabama added a run in the third and the fourth innings. Alabama’s run in the third came off a single from Schroder that scored Kaylee Tow. Booker led off the fourth with a solo shot that landed over the left-field wall.

Alabama scored two more runs in the sixth and another pair in the seventh. Alabama’s runs in the seventh came by a pair of solo home runs.

Game two was back and forth from the start. 

Alabama led off the game with an infield single by  Elissa Brown. Brown stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. She scored on a double from Callaway. Kentucky answered when Abbey Cheek singled to center scoring Erin Rethlake. 

Kentucky took a three-run lead after Jenny Schaper doubled to center, clearing the bases in the bottom of the second. 

After Alabama retook the lead after scoring five runs in the top of the third, Kentucky added three runs started by Bailey Vick’s RBI single. 

Alabama’s pitching struggled.  Courtney Gettins started the game, but she went just 3 2/3 innings. She allowed nine runs [five earned], nine hits and two walks. Madison Preston finished the game. She allowed two runs off five hits over the remaining 2 1/3 innings.

Game three starts at noon on Sunday.