| BSB/SB 🥎 TaxAct Clearwater Invitational: BAMA Closes Weekend with 2-1 Win over Florida State

CLEARWATER, Fla. – In one of the marquee matchups at this year's TaxAct Clearwater Invitational, 15th-ranked Alabama fell in a close back-and-forth battle with No. 2 UCLA, 5-3, Friday night.

For the fourth time in its first five games, Alabama (3-2) scored first courtesy a first inning two-run home run from Ashley Prange before UCLA (9-0) responded in the bottom half with a grand slam to move ahead 4-2. Prange slugged her second homer of the game in the third inning, a solo shot that made it a one-run game but the Bruins got the run back in the next half-inning with an RBI single to push it to 5-3, which ultimately proved final.

The two homers marked Prange's fourth career multi-home run game, her first since opening weekend last season at Arizona. Larissa Preuitt also went 2-for-3 batting eighth, her second multi-hit game of her freshman season. Kenleigh Cahalan led off the game with a first-pitch single, the fourth time in the Crimson Tide's first five games she has reached base safely with the first at-bat of the game, including three hits and a walk. Montana Fouts (2-1) took the loss with 4.2 innings pitched while Lauren Esman went five-up, five-down in 1.1 relief innings behind her.


  • Alabama has scored first in four of its five games this season, all of which came in the first inning
  • Kenliegh Cahalan has reached base safely in four of Alabama's five games in the first at-bat of the game, with three hits and a walk
  • With her first-inning home run, Ashley Prange has now hit at least one homer in three of the Tide's first five games so far this season
  • Today's game was Prange's fourth multi-homer game of her career, last doing so on Feb. 12, 2022 at Arizona
  • Montana Fouts' nine strikeouts pushes her career total to 895, just five shy of becoming the sixth player in program history to reach 900 Ks

Scoring Summary​

  • T1 | Ashley Prange hit a two-run home run to left field (2-0, 0 Out)
  • B1 | A Jordan Woolery grand slam pushed the Bruins ahead (2-4, 0 Out)
  • T3 | Prange hit her second home run of the day, a solo shot (3-4, 0 Out)
  • B3 | UCLA answered right back with an RBI single to move back ahead by two (3-5, 2 Out)

Up Next: TaxAct Clearwater Invitational (Clearwater, Fla.)​

  • Saturday, Feb. 18 vs. #20/20 UCF – 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Saturday, Feb. 18 vs. Indiana – 5 p.m. CT
  • Sunday, Feb. 19 vs. #6/7 Florida State – 4 p.m. CT
Before this AB, Murphy told everyone in his quick interview that we're about to see something special. Two outs and a runner on second. I'm not too optimistic right now.

Edit: Okay, that'll do! Let's get some more, Bama!
What a 3rd inning for Essman! After cruising through the first two innings, she found a lot of trouble and loaded the bases with no outs. She K'd two batters on...bad pitches (got 'em to chase) and then our RF Stephens made a helluva catch. Still 6 - 0 Bama.
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