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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama softball continues its homestand this weekend, hosting the T-Mobile Crimson Classic at Rhoads Stadium. The Crimson Tide welcomes Robert Morris, Longwood and Mercer for five games starting Friday, March 3.

This Week: T-Mobile Crimson Classic (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)​

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  • Friday, March 3 vs. Robert Morris – 4 p.m. CT
  • Friday, March 3 vs. Longwood – 6:30 p.m. CT
  • Saturday, March 4 vs. Robert Morris – 11 a.m. CT
  • Saturday, March 4 vs. Longwood – 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Sunday, March 5 vs. Mercer – 1 p.m. CT

Scouting Alabama​

  • Alabama is back at Rhoads Stadium this weekend hosting the T-Mobile Crimson Classic, welcoming Robert Morris, Longwood and Mercer
  • The Crimson Tide is in the midst of a 13-game home stand, with one more home game after this weekend on Tuesday, March 8 vs. Western Michigan before hitting the road for six straight starting March 8 at UAB
  • Alabama is coming off a 5-0 shutout win over Southern Miss on Wednesday, helped by a three-run home run from Jenna Johnson and 10 strikeouts over 6.0 innings from Montana Fouts
  • Kenleigh Cahalan leads the offense with 17 hits and a .415 batting average, while Ashley Prange leads with five home runs and 16 RBIs
  • Murphy is in his 25th season as head coach at Alabama with a 1,205-336 (.782) 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
 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – After some early weather in the day affected the T-Mobile Crimson Classic schedule, Alabama posted a shutout in its only game of the day, defeating Robert Morris 4-0 Friday night at Rhoads Stadium.

Alabama (13-3) started the scoring early against Robert Morris (5-6), posting two in the first inning on a two-run single from Jordan Stephens and following it with runs in the second and third innings. The 4-0 lead held for the remainder as Lauren Esman (2-0) and the Tide defense limited the Colonials to just three baserunners over the final 4.0 innings.

Stephens' two-run single was part of a 2-for-3 day for the sophomore. Ashley Prange slugged her team-leading sixth home run of the season, a third inning solo shot, and Kali Heivilin notched her first career triple, coming home to score on an error on the very same play. Esman went the distance in the circle with a career-high nine strikeouts with just four hits and two walks allowed.
 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A no-hitter from junior Jaala Torrence highlighted a pair of shutout victories for Alabama softball Saturday afternoon at the T-Mobile Crimson Classic.

Torrence gave Alabama (15-3) a stellar start in the circle vs. Robert Morris (5-7), throwing her first career no-hitter, the first for any Crimson Tide pitcher this season and the 42nd in program history. The offense backed her up to the tune of 10 runs over 4.0 innings at the plate, including an eight-run outburst in the fourth. In the second game of the day against Longwood (9-7), Alabama capitalized on an early Lancer fielding error to put up four runs in the second inning, later adding an insurance run in the fifth to bring the score to its final tally of 5-0.

Jaala Torrence (4-2) allowed just one baserunner in the win over Robert Morris, striking out four, while Montana Fouts (8-1) fanned 12 in the complete-game victory over Longwood. Kenleigh Cahalan was a combined 3-for-6 with four RBIs on the day, including a home run in game one. Bailey Dowling also drove in four runs on the day, with three coming off a pinch-hit home run against the Colonials.

From Head Coach Patrick Murphy

"Throughout the entire history of our program, if someone threw well on a Friday night, then the next pitcher on Saturday always wants to go out there and do even better. It's always been like that with our entire pitching staff. When I found out that it was the 42nd no-hitter in program history, I really couldn't believe it because that is a lot of no-hitters. Give credit to Jaala [Torrence], Lance [McMahon] and [Ally] Shipman for catching and then having someone like Montana [Fouts] who gives up a hit and then decides to strike out seven in a row after that."

Highlights​

  • The no-hitter vs. Robert Morris was the first of Jaala Torrence's career, the 42nd in program history and the first this season for any Alabama pitcher
  • Five of Alabama's last six games have been shutout victories
  • The Crimson Tide is 10-2 this season when scoring first
  • The win vs. the Colonials was Alabama's fifth run-rule of season, scoring 10+ runs in each of them
  • With 12 strikeouts vs. Longwood, Montana Fouts now has 941 for her career, just 59 away from becoming the fifth Tide player to reach 1,000 Ks
  • Emma Broadfoot's three walks vs. RMU is a career high and the most for any Tide player in a game this year
  • Bailey Dowling's home run vs. the Colonials was the first pinch-hit homer for the Tide since KJ Haney's grand slam last year at South Carolina (March 25, 2022)
 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama pitching continued making headlines on the third and final day of the T-Mobile Crimson Classic, with Montana Fouts throwing the eighth perfect game in program history as part of a pair of Sunday shutouts over Longwood and Mercer.

Fouts went 18-up, 18-down in a six-inning run rule victory for Alabama (17-3) over Longwood (10-9) in the opening game of the day, striking out 14. The perfect game is the eighth in program history and third of Fouts' career, previously contributing to a combined perfect game at Alabama State (Feb. 12, 2021) and throwing a solo perfect game against UCLA in the 2021 Women's College World Series (June 4, 2021). The offense saved her an inning of work, scoring seven runs before Jordan Stephens capped it off with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to secure the run-rule victory.




In the second game against Mercer (6-13), the Tide broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the third and started to add some distance with a four-run fourth before a bases-loaded wild pitch in the fifth sealed the 8-0 win. Alex Salter (2-0) continued the weekend trend of excellent starts in the circle, allowing just two hits with no walks over 5.0 shutout innings in the circle.

At the plate, Ashley Prange was a combined 4-for-7 with two home runs, four runs scored and five RBIs. Bailey Dowling was 3-for-6 while Jenna Johnson also slugged a home run, her second of the season. On the weekend, Prange was 6-for-13 (.462) with seven RBIs while Dowling and Jordan Stephens were close behind with four hits each.

From Head Coach Patrick Murphy

"We haven't allowed a run since the Southern Miss game on Wednesday, so kudos to [Alabama pitching coach] Lance [McMahon] and all four pitchers and both catchers. It's a 50-50 proposition out there, and to throw it that well against anyone in college softball these days is a heck of a feat. Montana's perfect game was huge. She just keeps doing it, she is amazing to watch."
 
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