| BSB/SB 🥎 Alabama Shuts Out UAB, 12-0, in Five Innings

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama softball is back at home Wednesday night, hosting UAB for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch. This will be the second meeting this season between the Crimson Tide and the Blazers, with Alabama winning the previous matchup, 2-1, in Birmingham on March 8.

This Week: #16/13 Alabama vs. UAB​

  • Wednesday, March 22 – 6 p.m. CT
  • Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Rhoads Stadium
  • Video: SEC Network+ (Streaming)
  • Radio: The Crimson Tide Sports Network at 97.5 FM in Tuscaloosa | nick975.com

Scouting Alabama​

  • Alabama returns to Rhoads Stadium on Wednesday, hosting UAB for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch
  • This will be the second meeting this season between the Crimson Tide and the Blazers, with Alabama winning the previous matchup in Birmingham, 2-1, on March 8
  • The Tide is coming off a series loss to Arkansas last weekend, winning the opening game 2-0 before dropping a pair of tough 5-3 and 2-1 losses
  • Saturday's shutout was the 28th of Montana Fouts' career, tying her with Alexis Osorio (2015-18) for third all-time at Alabama
  • Kenleigh Cahalan leads the offense with 29 hits, 25 runs scored and a .330 batting average, while Ashley Prange is close behind with 28 hits, including a team-leading nine home runs and 28 RBIs
  • The Alabama pitching staff has a 1.93 ERA with 203.0 innings pitched, led by Montana Fouts at 11-4 with a 1.56 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 99.0 innings pitched
  • Murphy is in his 25th season as head coach at Alabama with a 1,215-341 (.781) record
  • Alabama returns 11 players from last year's team, including All-SEC honorees Montana Fouts, Ashley Prange, Ally Shipman and Bailey Dowling, while also welcoming five freshmen and three transfers

Inside the Series​

  • Overall vs. UAB: 29-0
    • In Tuscaloosa: 15-0 | In Birmingham: 13-0 | At Neutral Sites: 1-0
  • Current Streak: Alabama +29
  • Last Meeting: March 8, 2023 - Birmingham, Ala. - W, 2-1
  • Last Meeting in Tuscaloosa: March 2, 2022 - W, 7-0

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama softball was efficient in all phases of the game Wednesday night at Rhoads Stadium, dispatching UAB, 12-0, in just over an hour behind a one-hit shutout from Alex Salter and a big day at the plate for the offense.

Alabama (23-8) tallied a season-high 14 hits in the win over UAB (13-16), scoring two runs in the first inning before hanging a crooked number in the second with nine runs on seven hits and an error to make it 11-0. Another in the third brought the score to 12-0, which ultimately proved final as Salter (3-1) and the defense made quick work of the Blazers down the stretch. A one-out single in the top of the fifth broke up Salter's perfect game bid, otherwise retiring 15 of the 16 batters she faced.

On the offensive side of the ball, nine players combined for 14 hits, including a 3-for-3 day from Ally Shipman with two RBIs. Bailey Dowling was 2-for-2 batting in front of Shipman, extending her hitting streak to five games which is one shy of her career long set last season. Kenleigh Cahalan was 2-for-3 with two runs scored from the leadoff spot and Kali Heivilin was also 2-for-3 batting behind her, including a solo home run to get the scoring started for the Crimson Tide in the first inning.

From Head Coach Patrick Murphy

"Sometimes, you just have to go through the hard stuff to get to the good stuff. I told the team one of my favorite quotes tonight - 'Smooth seas never made a skilled sailor.' Sometimes it's rough, but you learn a lot about yourself as a team and as a coaching staff. You learn what you're made out of. [Alex] Salter did a great job tonight. It was probably her best game she's pitched for us. The defense played well. Then, obviously you get five hits in the first inning and seven in the second and you kind of bury them early. Last time we played them it was a close ball game, so this was a big difference."
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