Senior shortstop Sydney Booker went 2-for-3 with a pair of triples and 3 RBI, and sophomore first baseman Bailey Hemphill hit a 3-run home run as the Alabama softball team remained unbeaten against UAB with a 10-5 victory on Tuesday night.
It was the fourth 2-triple game in program history, and first since Jordan Praytor on April 17, 2005.
Hemphill’s home run, her team-leading sixth of the season, gave Alabama (20-7) its first lead of the game in the second inning 5-3.
Freshman starter Madison Preston exited after just 1⅓ innings pitched, having yielded 3 runs, 2 earned, on 5 hits. Junior Courtney Gettins (7-2) earned the win in relief, yielding just 2 runs, 1 earned, while getting the final outs in the final inning. She gave up 2 hits over 5⅔ innings.
Freshman Elissa Brown, sophomore Gabby Callaway and seniors Sydney Booker and Demi Turner each went 2-for-3. Freshman Emily Kachel (8-8) took the loss in relief.
UAB (10-20-1) led 1-0 in the first inning and 3-2 in the second at Rhoads Stadium.
Booker’s first triple was in the right-field gap, and her second was down the left-field line.
Meanwhile, Alabama announced that senior ace Alexis Osorio had suffered a concussion when struck in the face by a hit ball at Auburn on Sunday. She has not been cleared to play and there is no immediate timetable for her return.
Earlier this month she tied an NCAA record for strikeouts in a seven-inning game with 21 in a 7-2 victory over Fordham. She’s 65 strikeouts away from becoming the fourth player in program history with 1,000 in her career.
Alabama will host Ole Miss for a three-game series beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
— Alabama Softball (@AlabamaSB) March 11, 2018