COLUMBIA, S.C. – Alabama softball opened its weekend series against South Carolina with a convincing 9-1 win Friday night.

Alabama (38-2, 8-2 SEC) scored a pair of runs in the first inning before the Crimson Tide and South Carolina (26-11, 3-9 SEC) cruised through four scoreless innings. Alabama doubled its lead with two runs in the top of the sixth and broke the game open in the seventh, scoring five to take a nine-run lead. The Gamecocks erased the shutout with a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning but that was the lone run of the day for the home team.

Four Tide batters had multi-hit games, including a pair of home runs from junior Claire Jenkins which accounted for three of the team’s seven RBIs. In the circle, junior Sarah Cornell (15-0) threw a complete-game victory, allowing just one run on six hits.

Game two of the weekend series is set for a 5 p.m. start Saturday on ESPN.

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