Sophomore Madi Moore scattered three hits over 6 1/3 innings as the University of Alabama softball team improved to 26-2 on the season at Rhoads Stadium with a 2-0 victory against Southern Miss on Wednesday.
The shutout was the Crimson Tide’s 23rd of the season. It’s Alabama’s most since 2009, when it set a school record 26, and is tied for the fourth-most in program history.
“We wanted to give Madi a shot,” Coach Patrick Murphy said. “She’s done well. Back-to-back shutouts, we’ll take that all day long. She follows the lead of Sydney [Littlejohn] and Alexis [Osorio]. It’s been our key to success all year. Our pitchers always give us a good shot to win, and Madi did that tonight.”
Moore improved to 5-1, while senior Littlejohn got the last two outs to earn the save in front of 2,374 fans.
No. 12 Alabama (37-9) took the lead in the third inning when sophomore left fielder Merris Schroder led off with a single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt. Freshman first baseman Bailey Hemphill singled and junior third baseman Peyton Grantham walked to load the bases to set up sophomore catcher Reagan Dykes’ sac-fly.
Senior right fielder Chandler Dare’s RBI-single scored Dykes for the other run in the fifth inning.
Alabama scattered six hits and left nine runners on base. Kim Crowson (7-10) took the loss for Southern Miss (24-23).
Alabama will host No. 9/10 Washington on Friday (7 p.m. ET) and Saturday (5:30 p.m. ET).
Murphy’s post-game statement was added to this story.