No. 15 Bama tops TSU softball, 4-2

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 1, 2002

The Alabama offense racked up 13 hits, including Capper Reed’s first career home run, as the 15th ranked Crimson Tide stopped the Troy State softball team’s 11-game winning streak with a 4-2 win at the Lady Trojan Softball Complex on Tuesday.

Reed was one of three Alabama players to get three hits in the game.

Reed was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.

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Jennifer Reach also went 3-for-3 with a RBI and Ashley Courtney was 3-for-4 with one RBI.

"It was a disappointing loss for us," said Troy State head coach Melanie Davis.

"I’m proud of the girls for not giving up when we were down by three.

We did a good job of getting some hits in the seventh and brought the tying run to plate with a shot at going extra innings."

Alabama (44-14) took the lead early, scoring a run in the first inning.

Courtney’s infield single drove home Jackie Wilkens from third to give the Tide the early lead.

Troy State (45-16) answered back with a run of its own in the bottom half of the first.

Erin Flater’s single to shallow left field drove home Jenny Boyd from second to tie the game.

Reed led off the next inning for Alabama with a solo home run to left field to give the Tide a 2-1 lead.

Alabama would score two runs in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead. Reach singled to left field driving in Emily Currie for a 3-1 lead.

Suzanne Olcott followed with a single through the left side to score Reed from third and give the Crimson Tide a three run lead.

The Lady Trojans had a last ditch rally in the seventh.

Kami Marrott led off with a walk and scored on a pinch hit single by Christi Curran to cut the lead to two, 4-2.

Alabama’s Jennifer Wright would strike out Peggy Swift to end the game and pick up her third save of the season.

Erin Wright (12-3) got the win for the Tide.

She gave up one run on three hits while striking out six in five innings of work. Jennifer Wright got the save for the Tide, her third of the year.

She gave up one run on one hit in two innings while striking out two and walking one.

Kim Unkenholz (12-5) got the loss for the Lady Trojans.

Unkneholz gave up four runs on 13 hits.

She struck out five and walked two in six innings.

Cassie Wilkenson pitched one scoreless inning of relief, striking out two.

The Lady Trojans head to Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday as they face #21 Florida State.

First pitch is set for 12 noon (CST).