Alabama softball head coach Patrick Murphy didnÂ’'t mind waiting an extra two hours to advance to another elimination game.
The Crimson Tide had already won one Women's College World Series elimination game against Arizona on Saturday afternoon so a 97-minute weather delay was no problem in AlabamaÂ’'s 3-1 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette late Saturday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Â“We all wanted to get the game in tonight,Â” Murphy said. Â“They kept looking on the radar, and they were actually right on the money for when it was leaving the area.Â” With Alabama up 3-1 and coming up to bat in the bottom of the sixth, lightning caused the game to be halted.
The Tide, victim of a controversial call against them in a loss Thursday night to Arizona State, created their own break in the first inning against the RaginÂ’ Cajuns.
Alabama junior Brittany Rogers scored in the first inning without the ball being put in play. She walked and stole second, her NCAA-leading 60th of the year. She advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.
The Tide tacked on two more in the fifth, capitalizing on two RaginÂ’ Cajun errors.
Holly Tankersley hit her 23rd home run of the year for Louisiana-Lafayette to narrow the gap to 3-1 in the top of the sixth.
The win for Alabama sets up a rematch against Arizona State today at 2 p.m. If the Tide win that one, it would set up a third meeting between the two at 8 p.m. If the Sun Devils win either of the two games, ASU advances to the championship series against either Texas A&M or Florida, starting Monday night.