Elissa Brown tied a school record with four stolen bases, had three singles and made a highlight-reel catch to rob a Missouri State home run.
All in a day’s work for the Crimson Tide softball player on Saturday at the Easton Bama Bash.
Alabama beat Missouri State 7-5 in the first game and pushed across seven runs in a big fifth inning before heavy rain halted play at Rhoads Stadium for a 7-2 win against Minnesota in the nightcap.
With Alabama (14-0) holding a 7-4 lead in the sixth inning with a runner on first, Missouri State’s Kyana Mason pounded a Krystal Goodman pitch to deep center field. The speedy Brown sprinted, climbed the wall, reached over and pulled the ball back in for the out.
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“It was crazy. I just saw it pop up, and I just never took my eyes off it,” Brown said. “I didn’t even know it was going over at the time, and I just caught it. It was amazing though.
“I know for us, if we see the outfielder turn her back and running, we know to get off. Immediately after I caught it, I thought the girl was going to be at third or something, so I was going for the double play. It was just an amazing moment, and I’m really excited about it.”
Brown’s four stolen bases in a game tied a UA record shared with eight other players. Callie Case in 2014 was the last Crimson Tide player to do it.
Brown led the way with three of Alabama’s 10 hits against Missouri State. Skylar Wallace had two, including an inside-the-park home run.
Goodman held the Bears in check until the fifth inning after she was called for several illegal pitches, which rattled her. She gave up a three-run homer to bring Missouri State back into the game.
Wallace’s inside-the-park homer added an insurance run and after a brief appearance on the mound from Madison Preston in relief, Sarah Cornell entered in the seventh retire the side. Goodman earned the win, allowing four earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
The nightcap was nothing like the Friday’s pitcher’s duel between Alabama’s Montana Fouts and Minnesota’s Amber Fiser, which resulted in a 1-0 walk-off win for the Crimson Tide.
In Saturday’s rematch, Fouts gave up a two-run home run in the fourth inning to the Gophers’ Hope Brandner to make it 2-0.
Alabama responded with a seven-run fifth, which saw home runs from Bailey Hemphill and Reagan Dykes. KB Sides started the big inning with a game-tying, two-run single. Hemphill stepped in and crushed a pitch over the left-field wall for a three-run blast to give UA a 5-2 lead.
Two batters later, Dykes, who was being honored on senior day, belted a two-run homer to left-center for a 7-2 lead. The rain hit soon after the completion of the fifth inning to force a weather delay. The game was called about an hour later.
Fouts (6-0) allowed two runs on three hits with seven strikeouts to earn the win.
Alabama concludes the Bama Bash on Sunday against Louisiana-Monroe, coached by former UA player Molly Fichtner, at 1:30 p.m.