In what may have been a pivotal day for the 2019 University of Alabama softball team, the Crimson Tide swept a doubleheader at Florida on Friday.
Alabama won the opener 3-1 as freshman ace Montana Fouts (13-1), making just her second appearance after being sidelined by an injury, threw a two-hitter to out-duel reigning SEC Pitcher of the Year, and 2017 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Year, Kelly Barnhill.
Junior Sarah Cornell (17-1) subsequently gave up two hits as well in the nightcap, a 6-1 victory that was capped by a three-run rally in the seventh inning that included a two-run home run by junior first baseman Bailey Hemphill.
Five players had multi-hit performances in Game 2, including a pair of RBI singles from sophomore Maddi Morgan.
Freshman second baseman Skylar Wallace went 3-for-6 on the day with a home run and a triple.
Alabama improved to 44-4 overall, 13-4 in the SEC. With LSU losing the first two games of its series against Arkansas, the Crimson Tide has earned a cushion atop the SEC standings.
Team Conf. Conf.% Overall Overall % Streak
Alabama 13-4 .765 44-4 .917 W6
Tennessee 10-5 .667 33-8 .805 W5
LSU 13-7 .650 36-11 .766 L2
Ole Miss 10-6 .625 32-12 .727 L1
Auburn 9-6 .600 34-10 .773 W1
Florida 9-8 .529 37-11 .771 L2
Missouri 9-8 .529 26-18 .591 W3
Coming in both teams were ranked in the top 10 of the various polls, with Alabama No. 5 in the coaches poll and Florida No. 6.
The Gators had won five of the last six meetings between the programs, eliminating the Crimson Tide from both last year's SEC Tournament and the previous year's NCAA Tournament.
Saturday’s series finale at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium will be at 1 p.m. on ESPN.