COLUMBIA, Mo. – Peyton Grantham hit three home runs and had six RBIs to lead the Alabama softball team to a decisive 9-3 victory over Missouri on Saturday to even the weekend series.
After being shut out Friday, Alabama (32-5, 8-3 SEC) rebounded with a nine-run performance Saturday, its second-highest output in conference play this season. Grantham accounted for six of the team’s nine RBIs with a 3-for-3 day. The three home runs tie a single-game school record. Jaclyn Traina previously did so as a freshman against Western Michigan on Feb. 26, 2011 and Marisa Runyon hit three on May 2, 2015 against Arkansas.
Missouri (19-14, 2-5 SEC) out-hit Alabama, 8-7, but left six batters on base, including five in scoring position. Sydney Littlejohn (13-1) went the distance for the complete-game win while Missouri starter Madi Norman (7-7) took the loss, exiting after 2 2/3 innings with six runs allowed.
With two on and one out in the bottom of the sixth for Missouri, the Tigers loaded the bases on what was ruled a base hit as Demi Turner was struck in the face on a throw attempt and had to exit the game. She was taken to a hospital in Columbia for observation.