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Washington rolls Tide out of NCAA softball tourney

From Staff Reports

SEATTLE — The Alabama Crimson Tide softball team saw its season come to a close Saturday with a 7-5 loss to Washington in the NCAA Super Regionals.

The Crimson Tide ended its season with a 55-10 record. Alabama claimed the fifth NCAA regional championship in school history and appeared in its ninth straight NCAA tournament.

The Tide battled back from a 5-1 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to even the score at 5-5.

A walk and a hit batter set up Brittany Rogers for an RBI double to left center. Washington then intentionally walked Jordan Praytor to load the bases and began to work its way out of the jam with a fielder’s choice groundout and strikeout.

However, Tide freshman Charlotte Morgan then doubled to right center to bring in all three runners and tie the score at 5. The double was the eighth of the season for Morgan as she extended her team-high RBI total to 52. It is only the 10th time an Alabama player has driven in 50 or more runs in a single season.

The Huskies took the lead for good in the top of the seventh inning with two runs. They had runners on first and second with two outs, and Lauren Greer came through with a single up the middle to bring in one run. The throw home got away from Ashley Holcombe and went to the backstop.

As Alabama tried to corral the ball to keep another run from scoring the Washington team had come out of the dugout to celebrate and was in front of the ball delaying Chrissy Owens’ throw to home plate and allowing a second run to score.

The Tide brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom half of the inning after Holcombe reached on an infield single but Danielle Lawrie got Mandy Burford to ground out to end the game and send UW to the Women’s College World Series.

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