TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Sophomore Gabby Callaway went 3 for 3, including a 2-run home run as the University of Alabama softball team opened a four-game homestand with a 4-2 victory against Southern Miss on Wednesday night.
It was her fifth multi-hit game out of the last nine, bringing her batting average up to .355.
Senior Peyton Grantham hit a solo home run as well to open the scoring in the second inning.
Courtney Gettins threw a complete game to improve to 11-3. She allowed 2 earned runs on 8 hits, while striking out 4 and walking 2. The junior threw just 96 pitches and dropped her ERA to 2.12.
“Courtney was under 100 pitches, so it was an efficient outing,” coach Patrick Murphy said in a release. “She made the pitches when she needed to. We spread our walks and hits around; eight different people got on base. Callaway was really good at the plate today and Peyton’s home run was a big lift to opposite field on a changeup. I’m pleased with the win.”
Samantha Robles (6-13) took the loss for Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles (16-30) were Alabama’s final nonconference game on the regular-season schedule.
No. 17 Alabama (27-13), which will host No. 7/10 Tennessee for a three-game series beginning Saturday, sported teal socks, ribbons and helmet stickers in honor of Mississippi State player Alex Wilcox and her battle with ovarian cancer.
“It is an unfortunate situation for the young lady and, being an Alabama native, a lot of our girls know her,” Murphy said. “Since we don’t play them this year, we felt a midweek TV game was an opportunity for us to raise awareness and show that we’re thinking about her, praying for her and are behind her 100 percent.”
#BamaSB will be wearing teal socks, ribbons and helmet decals tonight in honor of @Alex_wilcox8 and her battle with ovarian cancer. No one fights alone Alex! Alabama softball is with you all the way!#RollTide #HailState @HailStateSB pic.twitter.com/I3Ts73dL9W
— Alabama Softball (@AlabamaSB) April 18, 2018