13 May, 2017
Arkansas shortstop A.J. Belans was voted second-team All-SEC by league coaches, and pitcher Autumn Storms was named to the SEC All-Freshman team Tuesday. On a hard grounder to Hemphill at first, the runner at third broke for home and Hemphill threw down to Dykes covering the plate for the second out of the inning before a fly ball to center ended the half-inning and kept it a 3-0 game.
Nick Saban delivered a pep talk to the Alabama softball team, and it helped pave the way for a hard-earned Crimson Tide victory.
Alabama advanced to the semis of the tournament and should be in a good position to host a regional when the NCAA Tournament brackets are revealed.
First, Alabama (42-15) will face Ole Miss-Florida at 2 p.m. CT Friday in the SEC semifinals.
Next, Alabama will play in the semifinals against the victor of No. 1 seed Florida and No. 8 seed Ole Miss. Alabama coach Patrick Murphy already said senior Sydney Littlejohn will get the start Friday.
Before the 10th-inning at-bat, Hemphill told her pitcher that she'd get a big hit for her, Osorio told the SEC Network. "This was the first time he spoke to the whole team, because I said I'm waiting for a year when I really need him, and we really needed him this year". Elissa Brown went 2-4 at the top of the order to extend her hitting streak to six games and her reached-base streak to 16 games. Vidales belted four home runs, three in Sunday's game, drove in eight and set a career high with six RBI in the rubber match.
Littlejohn gave up five hits, one run, which was earned and struck out five while not walking a batter. The first run came in the third when Marisa Runyon went the opposite way for a two-out, RBI single to left.