Alabama wins final game of Missouri series 14-6

Kelly Ward

The Crimson Tide won two out of a three-game series against Missouri, winning the last one 14-6. The rout of the Tigers came after a 9-4 loss on Saturday.

“I thought everybody battled hard,” coach Patrick Murphy said. “We took the walks when they gave them to us, and then we hit good pitches when they gave those to us, and yesterday, I think it was the opposite.”

Mizzou started scoring in the top of the first inning after hitting a single into the outfield allowing the runner to score from second. The Crimson Tide answered back in a big way immediately. Kayla Braud hit a single and stole second in the next at bat. Then, with one out, she advanced to third on a wild pitch. Kaila Hunt walked, and Jackie Traina singled, bringing in Braud. Next at bat, Mollie Fichtner hit a three-run home run over the left field wall. At the end of the first inning, Alabama led 4-1.

Chelsea Thomas had only given up three home runs this season prior to Fichtner’s three-run shot to give Alabama its first lead.

“It was awesome,” Fichtner said. “We needed some sparks all weekend, and that was a good one in the first, and then obviously carrying it over every single inning. We scored four the next inning, so that’s awesome.”

In the second inning, Missouri capitalized on an Alabama error and scored a run from third. The Tigers then proceeded to load the bases with two outs before Traina struck out the last batter to escape the inning. The Tide answered by loading the bases with one out. Hunt then singled in Keima Davis and Braud. Traina reached first base on an error, and Haylie McCleney scored from second. In the next at bat, Fichtner singled in Hunt. At the end of the second inning, the Tide led 8-2.

In the third and fifth innings, the Tide added three runs to their lead. Mizzou answered in the top of the fourth, scoring four runs.

The Tide sealed the win in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out and the bases loaded, Hays reached first on an error, and Traina scored. Davis hit a sac fly, and Fichtner scored from third. Alabama loaded the bases again and scored the final run on a walk-off walk in the 14-6 win.

This series, the Tide sported white helmets with a crimson stripe down the center and the number 15 on both sides in memory of late former athletic director Mal Moore.