The Crimson Tide scored 14 runs on 19 hits Friday night at Rhoads Stadium to defeat Emory 14-1 in 10 innings of play in their last game of their fall softball season.
Eleven Crimson Tide players combined for 19 hits, including multi-hit performances from Kali Heivilin, Lauren Esman, Jordan Stephens, Abby Duchscherer, Ally Shipman and Emma Broadfoot. Stephens and Duchscherer were each 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs while Broadfoot was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three runs driven in. In the pitching circle, Jaala Torrence got the start, pitching 4.0 perfect innings with eight strikeouts, while Alex Salter and Montana Fouts combined for 6.0 innings in relief with 11 Ks.
Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy’s thought of the team’s performance so far:
“I really liked the baserunning this fall. We have a lot of good team speed in people like Larissa Preuitt and Kristen White. Kali Heivilin was great on the basepaths. Our team defense will be really good. We have some great athletes everywhere; that will be a big key. Players like Lauren Esman who can pitch but can also play first base or outfield and we won’t miss a beat with her out there.
“The next two weeks is individuals and weights and then they’ll have Thanksgiving week off and then dead week and finals and then they’ll be home for winter break. We’re looking forward to working on some little things with everyone over the next two weeks and then we’ll give them a plan for winter to let them work on some things before we come back in January.”