CF grad Runyon slams Tide into College World Series

runyonFormer Carolina Forest standout Marisa Runyon proved to be the hero in Alabama’s comeback victory to reach the College World Series.

Down to its final four outs facing a 3-1 deficit, Runyon launched a two-out grand slam in the sixth inning that ultimately proved the difference in the Tide’s huge 5-3 comeback victory to secure the Super Regional series.

Facing a one-game deficit in a best-of-three series against Oklahoma, Alabama won game two, 2-0, to force a deciding game three which the Tide won 5-3 courtesy of Runyon’s slam. The win secures Alabama’s 10th trip to the Women’s College World Series.

Alabama (47-13) was again led by two gutsy performances by Alexis Osorio (21-8) in the circle, who threw a combined 241 pitches between Saturday’s two games. The NFCA Freshman of the Year candidate shut out the potent Oklahoma (49-9) offense in game one before allowing three runs on five hits in game two, including a pair of home runs by NCAA career leader Lauren Chamberlain.

Runyon, who was hitless over her previous 13 at-bats, made her final one of the weekend count, blasting a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning that gave the Tide a 5-3 lead, which proved final. The grand slam now ties her with Charlotte Morgan for the single season RBI record at Alabama with 79.

Alabama will open Women’s College World Series play on Thursday, May 28 against Michigan, who defeated Georgia in two games this weekend in Ann Arbor. The Tide and the Wolverines met earlier this season in Tuscaloosa, with Michigan winning both games.

Photo courtesy of UA Athletics

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