There was a chance in the 10th, but Alabama softball (36-2, 7-2 SEC) couldn’t get the necessary hit in its 12-9 extra inning loss to Mississippi State (22-12, 2-7 SEC).
Down by three, Alabama started the bottom of the tenth with three straight walks, leading to a Mississippi State pitching change.
Mississippi State’s new pitcher Grace Fagan threw just 14 pitches to three batters. She struck out the first batter and forced two flyouts to end the game.
UA had chances to win every inning from the seventh till the end.
“No focus,” coach Patrick Murphy said. “We had the leadoff runner on in the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th inning, and we didn’t score.”
The Crimson Tide left 15 total batters on base.
Alongside the timely hitting, Alabama struggled in the field, committing three errors. The worst fielding inning was the top of the fifth.
With a runner on second, Bulldog center fielder Kat Moore hit a groundball to Skylar Wallace, who couldn’t make a clean throw to first. After an infield single, Wallace once again had trouble hitting Bailey Hemphill’s mitt, leading to a run. Hemphill also made a throwing error, allowing the runner to third.
“We make one play in the inning that we go ahead, and they probably don’t score the [three runs],” Murphy said. “Just too sloppy to win today. We didn’t deserve to win today. We only scored in one out of 10 innings. We have to do better than that.”
The Bulldogs jumped on UA starter Sarah Cornell in the first, scoring four runs in the frame. It was her only inning of work.
In the second, Murphy sent Krystal Goodman to the mound. She went 4 1/3 innings and allowed five runs (three earned).
In her second appearance in as many days, Courtney Gettins went the last 4 2/3 innings. She allowed a three-run home run in the top of the 10th.
Murphy said Gettins and Goodman were the only positives from the game.
All nine of Alabama’s runs came in the fourth inning. The inning started with an error by the Bulldog shortstop, followed by a single to right. The first Alabama run crossed the plate when Moore dropped a pop fly. After a sacrifice bunt, Kaylee Tow singled to center, driving in two runs. KB Sides followed with a triple to the right-center gap.
Alabama added three more runs with a home run by Regan Dykes, before scoring the final run with an infield single by Elissa Brown.
All nine runs were unearned.
Alabama returns to Rhoads Stadium on Wednesday to face UAB.