A couple of weeks ago Krystal Goodman got roughed up for five runs in an outing against Mississippi State.
Since then she’s been almost untouchable, allowing just one run on five hits in 14 2/3 innings.
She extended her domination Sunday, giving up five hits in a complete game 4-0 shutout at Rhoads Stadium. It was the first time Georgia’s been shutout this season.
“That was awesome. That was exactly what we needed,” Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said. “Her change-up was awesome and she hit her spots.”
Goodman worked out of trouble all night. Three times the Bulldogs got the leadoff hitter on base but Goodman shut the attack down all three times.
“My change-up was working today. When my change-up is on it’s a good day,” Goodman said.
She faced 27 batters and gave up just two walks and no Georgia (30-13, 5-9 SEC) runner got past second base. Alabama (41-4, 10-4 SEC) scattered just four hit but took advantage of some Georgia miscues.
Goodman got some help with some big defensive plays by the Crimson Tide outfielders. With the wind blowing in all different directions at Rhoads Stadium, Elissa Brown, KB Sides and Merris Schroder tracked down several fly balls for impressive outs.
“I thought the outfielders played really good defense because the wind was weird,” Murphy said. “They all made some really nice catches out there.”
The Crimson Tide offense wasn’t at its best Sunday, but on a night when Goodman was hitting her spots and the defense was making clutch plays, it didn’t matter.
Schroder was the difference-maker at the plate. In the third inning she ripped a single up the middle to score Kaylee Tow, who also scored in the first inning on a Georgia error.
Schroder extended the Alabama lead in the fifth with a two-run, opposite-field home run to left field.
“It was a hit-and-run,” Schroder said. “Murph knows I love hit-and-runs so I was very happy when he called for it.”
“Anytime you don’t have to decide if you have to swing or not that’s always a great thing,” she said.
Game 3 of the series is Monday at 6 p.m. on SEC Network.
Reach Edwin Stanton at 205-722-0226 or firstname.lastname@example.org