Alabama softball stunned in shutout loss to Stanford during regional action
Alabama softball is up against elimination Saturday evening after a stunning loss to Stanford in the afternoon.
Hosting the Tuscaloosa Regional as the No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Crimson Tide started the weekend smoothly with a 3-0 win over Chattanooga on Friday. Saturday started in a very different fashion.
Stanford put pressure on Alabama right away with a 3-run 1st inning. Two hits, a botched rundown, a hit batter and a bases-loaded walk plagued the Crimson Tide as they were immediately working from behind. Stanford added on with 2 runs in the 5th and another in the 7th.
An even bigger story than that was the disappointing performance by Alabama at the plate. Stanford pitcher Alana Vawter went the distance on 107 pitches and only allowed 2 walks and 2 hits.
Ally Shipman and Jenna Johnson had the hits but Alabama was unable to score despite twice having runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out in an inning. It was Stanford’s first shutout in an NCAA Regional since 2012.
Now, the Crimson Tide enter win-or-go-home mode beginning Saturday evening. Alabama will face the winner of the Murray State vs. Chattanooga game with first pitch set for 8 pm ET Saturday night.
If the Crimson Tide are able to pull it out in the nightcap, they would need to beat Stanford twice on Sunday to advance.