Alabama Routs Arizona, 14-0
May 30, 2009
Courtesy of Alabama Athletics
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The No. 4 seeded Alabama softball team beat the Arizona Wildcats 14-0 during its second game of the Women's College World Series Saturday afternoon at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The Crimson Tide put on a historic offensive performance breaking the record for the most runs scored by one team in a single game in WCWS history.
"I guess that I could use the same opening statement as Thursday night and that is I didn't expect that," Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said.
Every Alabama starter had at least one hit and one RBI in the game. With the win Alabama advances to 53-10 on the season and eliminates Arizona from the 2009 WCWS. The 14 run deficit is the worst lost in Arizona softball history.
The Crimson Tide jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when senior Brittany Rogers led things off for the Tide with a one-bounce chopper to third for an infield hit. Rogers opened the scoring floodgates on senior Kelley Montalvo's base hit just over the third baseman's head. Montalvo would score on junior Charlotte Morgan's line drive double through the gap in right-center.
"We sat down as a team (after Thursday's loss) and we talked and none of us are ready to go home," Morgan said. "Sometimes your back is against the wall and our motto was we haven't started throwing our punches yet. So we were coming out and we wanted to start fighting back. I think that we set the tone for the first inning and we believed that we could do it. And that is our thing, is to have fun and don't press and don't overdo it."
The Tide flooded the scoreboard with runs in the top of the second inning, scoring eight runs on eight hits including a pair of doubles. Alabama's barrage in the first two innings gave the Tide more runs than any other team in a single game in WCWS history.
The Tide would add two more runs in both the 3rd and 5th innings.
Alabama was led in the circle by Morgan who gave the Tide five shut-out innings, only allowing five hits, striking out three and only giving up one walk. The win puts Morgan at 18-6 on the season. Sarah Akamine was tagged with the loss for Arizona, giving up six earned runs on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings. The loss drops her season record to 22-8.
The Tide will face Arizona State in another elimination game Saturday tonight at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The winner will advance to the semifinals to face the Florida Gators. The game will be broadcast on ESPNHD and is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. CDT.