TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama softball team opened its home schedule with a bang Friday as a two-run home run by senior third baseman Peyton Grantham ignited a 5-1 victory against Georgia State, and for an encore the Crimson Tide shut down No. 9 Florida State 3-0 in the Easton Bama Bash.
Alexis Osorio (3-1) notched the win in the nightcap at Rhoads Stadium, striking out 10 batters while earning three-hit shutout.
“Today felt really good,” said Osorio, saw her ERA drop to 0.44. “All my pitches were working.”
Both times Florida State managed to get a significant rally going not only did Osorio shut it down but the Crimson Tide answered in the bottom half of the inning.
In the first, the Seminoles had two on and no outs, only to see Osario strike out the No. 4 and 5 hitters to get out of the jam. No. 10 Alabama (8-1) counted with a first-pitch single up the middle by sophomore center field Elissa Brown, who subsequently stole second, advanced on a ground out and scored on another by sophomore first baseman Bailey Hemphill.
After FSU (10-4) had two on and one out in the fourth, the Crimson Tide extended their lead with Grantham singling to right with one out and freshman pinch-runner KB Sides eventually scoring from second on a two-out single to left by junior catcher Reagan Dykes.
“Great at-bat,” Coach Patrick Murphy said about Dykes. “She’s kind of been struggling a little bit, but tonight she was 2-for-2 and looked like her old self.”
Senior second baseman Demi Turner, making her first start of the season due to a toe injury, tripled to right to lead off the fifth and scored on a bases-loaded sacrifice by to center by sophomore Gabby Callaway off sophomore reliever Cassidy Davis. Right-handed starter Kylee Hanson (5-2), named the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week as well as NFCA National Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday, took the loss.
“She’s unbelievable,” Murphy said about Turner. The coach also called Osorio’s performance her best of the young season.
In the first game, Georgia State opened the scoring with an unearned run in the second inning due to a throwing error off a bunt-single. Alabama quickly countered when Callaway singled to center off a 0-2 pitch and Grantham put the second pitch she saw over the left-field wall.
The Panthers (5-8) nearly tied it up only to see a senior shortstop Sydney Booker knock down a drive up the middle for a single and threw out a runner at the plate. Alabama subsequently broke the game open with three runs in the bottom of the inning keyed by a two-run double down the third-base line by Callaway.
Freshman right-hander Madison Preston (2-0) gave up just her second run of the season, although both have been unearned. She threw a complete game with two walks and two strikeouts, and threw 100 pitches over the seven innings. Sophomore Mallory Parson (0-1) took the loss for the Panthers, who outhit the Crimson Tide 8-6.
Earlier Friday, Florida State and Georgia State both defeated Northern Iowa, 9-0 and 3-1, respectively. Alabama is scheduled to play Northern Iowa at 2:30 p.m. ET, followed by Florida State again on Saturday. However, rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast.