Paced by junior first baseman Peyton Grantham’s grand slam, the University of Alabama softball team made quick work of UAB with a 8-0 victory at Rhoads Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Grantham went 2-for-4 and the third-inning slam to left was Alabama’s first of the season. She also scored the first run of the game on sophomore left fielder Merris Schroder’ triple to center field in the second inning.
Sophomore Madi Moore (4-1) notched the shutout while throwing just 44 pitches as the Crimson Tide closed out the game in the fifth inning on a catcher’s interference call with the bases loaded.
“I’ve never seen that before,” Coach Patrick Murphy said in postgame statement. “The catcher had her glove in the way of the swing. As Chandler Dare was running down to first, she said to [assistant coach] Aly [Habetz] that the bat hit the glove. The umpire gave me the choice of the play result or the base, so we took the base.”
Earlier Tuesday, Alabama (36-7) moved up from No. 12 in both polls to ninth in the USA Today/NFCA poll and 10th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. UAB (13-26) only had three hits on the night.
Alabama heads to No. 16/14 Tennessee this weekend, with Game 1 on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. All three games of the series will air live on the SEC Network.