Alabama softball Jaala Torrence throws first career no-hitter vs. Robert Morris

Maxwell Donaldson
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama softball pitcher Jaala Torrence threw her first no-hitter in a 10-0 five-inning win over Robert Morris on Saturday at Rhoads Stadium.

Torrence struck out four and allowed only one walk. She needed only 70 pitches to get through the game. It is Torrence's fourth win of the season and her first complete game and shutout. Torrence came into the game with 16 strikeouts and a 3.78 ERA in 16⅔ innings.

"It means a lot, I've been here awhile, it's my junior year, which is crazy. Just to be able to do what I did here at home in front of our fans, it means so much," Torrence said.

Alabama pounced early with two runs in the second but broke open the game with an eight-run fourth inning. Bailey Dowling hit a three-run home run to help the Crimson Tide (14-3) surpass the run-rule requirement.

It is the 42nd no-hitter in Crimson Tide history and the first since Alex Salter threw one versus Alabama State on March 29, 2022.

"When Nathan said it was the 42nd no-hitter of our program, I really couldn't believe it because that's a lot. Credit to Jaala (Torrence), Lance (McMahon, pitching coach), Ally (Shipman) catching," coach Patrick Murphy said.

Torrence, a Dothan native, is in her third season with the Crimson Tide. She was ranked as the No. 23 prospect in the Class of 2023 by Perfect Game Softball. She was a three-time All-State honoree while leaving Dothan as the career leader in wins and strikeouts.

Alabama will play Longwood in Game 2 of its Saturday doubleheader.

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