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April 11, 2014

Littlejohn moves record to 8-0 for No. 2 Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —

Rusk native Sydney Littlejohn improved her record to 8-0 for the season Wednesday evening when she was credited with the pitching win in No. 2-ranked Alabama's 4-3 triumph over Alabama-Birmingham.

Littlejohn, a true freshman, worked 6.2 innings and gave up three runs (all earned) on seven hits.

She struck out five and walked two during the 93-pitch outing that was played before a crowd of 2,535 on what was a perfect night for softball at Rhodes Stadium.

The Crimson Tide (30-5) went up by three runs after five innings. UAB (23-17) battled back to plate two runs late in the game to close the gap to a single run.

With two outs in the seventh, Alabama's Jaclyn Traina came on in the last inning to get the final out and pickup a save in relief of Littlejohn.

Alabama out hit UAB 12-7 in the game, with Haylie McCleney going 3 for 4 to spur the Crimson Tide.

Alabama opens a three-game SEC series with Mississippi State beginning at 5 p.m. tonight in Starkville.

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