An offensive explosion propelled Alabama softball to a doubleheader sweep over Wallace State Sunday at Rhoads Stadium. The Crimson Tide shut out the Lions 11-0 in Game 1 before earning a 12-4 win in Game 2.
The Crimson Tide slugged six home runs in the first game, including two from freshman Kayla Davis. Senior Merris Schroder hit a long ball in the first inning, a three-run home run, and sophomore Bailey Hemphill and Davis followed with solo shots. Sophomore KB Sides added another solo home run, and Davis’ second round-tripper of the day came in the third. An RBI triple from freshman Skylar Wallace and RBI single from Schroder extended the lead to 9-0 and a two-run home run from senior Caroline Hardy tallied the final runs of the game in the sixth.
Hemphill started the scoring in game two on a bases-loaded sac fly in the first inning. Wallace followed with an RBI double and junior Claire Jenkins drove Wallace in with a sacrifice fly. Schroder hustled for an inside-the-park home run to make it 3-0 and a solo homer from Hardy in the fifth made it 4-0.
With the score tied at 4-4 in the sixth inning, the Tide offense had eight runs. RBI singles from Sides and junior Elissa Brown were followed by a two-run single from Hardy, an RBI double from Schroder and RBI singles from freshman Montana Fouts and another from Sides.
In the circle, Fouts got the start with 3.0 inning pitched and six strikeouts.
Alabama softball concludes its fall schedule Oct. 28 with a split doubleheader, facing Shelton State at 5 p.m. and Marion Military Institute at 7 p.m.