Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ALABAMA NOTEBOOK: Softball Pitchers Shine in Weekend Series

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ALABAMA NOTEBOOK: Softball Pitchers Shine in Weekend Series

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The University of Alabama softball team got three sterling pitching performances last weekend to take two out of three games from Louisiana-Lafayette at Rhoads Stadium.

The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide gave up just five runs, winning the first game 5-1 and the finale 3-2, while losing 2-1 to the fifth- ranked Ragin' Cajuns in the middle game.

"The pitchers were awesome all weekend," UA coach Patrick Murphy said. "I can't say enough good things about them, all three. All three pitched great.

"We only gave up two home runs, which against them is pretty awesome."

Coming into the weekend, ULL had hit 28 home runs in 14 games, bringing an undefeated record to Tuscaloosa. The Cajuns had outscored their opponents 121-7.

Sophomore Sydney Littlejohn (7-0) picked up the two pitching wins, as a starter in the series opener and out of the bullpen in the finale. She allowed just two runs in nine innings of work, holding ULL's hot bats to five hits with four walks and nine strikeouts.

Freshman Alexis Osorio (5-2) was the hard-luck loser in the second game. She allowed two runs on four hits with six walks and 12 strikeouts in seven innings.

Senior Leslie Jury (3-2) wasn't involved in the decision as the third-game starter, but had a strong outing. She gave up one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in five innings.

Alabama (15-4) opens SEC play this weekend with a three-game home series against Ole Miss (12-5). The series will open with a 6:30 p.m. game on Friday, followed by a 3 p.m. game Saturday and a 1:30 p.m. start on Sunday.

-- Tommy Deas

Gymnastics takes a tumble

The University of Alabama gymnastics team fell one spot in the weekly national rankings, dropping to No. 6 after falling to No. 2 LSU at home on Friday night. The 197.35 to 197.225 loss didn't affect the Crimson Tide's Regional Qualifying Score, which held steady at 197.055, but allowed the team to be jumped by No. 5 Michigan. Alabama is now ranked below Oklahoma, LSU, Florida, Utah and Michigan.

Alabama remains No. 5 in the vault rankings with an RQS of 49.375. Senior Kayla Williams remains the top-ranked vaulter for Alabama, coming in at No. 19 with an RQS of 9.895.

On uneven bars, Alabama fell from No. 8 to No. 10 after posting a 49.225 on the apparatus Friday. The mark was Alabama's third-lowest of the season and lowest since Jan. …

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