The University of Alabama softball team took its first loss of the season when it stranded two runners in scoring position during its final at-bat against No. 11 Baylor, resulting in a 2-1 loss in the Black and Gold Invitation on Sunday.
Alabama outscored its opponents 34-4 in the four games at the weekend tournament hosted by Southern Miss.
Freshman Kaylee Tow hit a home run in the third inning for Alabama’s lone run Sunday. Senior ace Alexis Osorio (2-1) took the loss. Both runs were scored on an infield single by Carlee Wallace in the first inning.
No. 9 Alabama opened the tournament with an 11-1 victory over Southern Miss on Friday. The win was keyed by home runs by junior Caroline Hardy, sophomore Claire Jenkins and junior Merris Schroder. Hardy went 3-3 with a career-high three RBI.
It was the first time the Crimson Tide had home runs by three players since the 2017 season opener against Towson.
On Saturday, Alabama defeated No. 24 McNeese 11-1, and Mississippi Valley State 11-0.
Tow went 3 for 5 on the day with a 3-run home run against the Cowgirls and an RBI-triple against the Devilettes. Junior Reagan Dykes, senior Peyton Grantham and sophomore Claire Jenkins also hit home runs.
Junior Courtney Gettins (2-0) earned the win against McNeese, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits, and freshman Madison Preston (2-0) yielded 2 late hits in the fifth inning against Mississippi Valley State.
Alabama (6-1) will play its home opener on Friday while hosting the Easton Bama Bash over the weekend. The Crimson Tide are scheduled to play five games against Georgia State, Northern Iowa and No. 8/6 Florida State.