TUSCALOOSA — Two outs, final inning, bases loaded, down a run and at the plate with Alabama’s Women’s College World Series bid within reach: Charlotte Morgan.
She’s a senior, SEC player of the year, the most decorated hitter in school history and coincidentally, the pitcher most responsible for the deficit that the Crimson Tide had spent the past hour scrambling to overcome.
A storybook ending, right?
“I saw it. I knew what was coming,” Morgan said, “and I just mishit it.”
A pop-up to second base by Morgan was the final swing in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader that decided nothing in this weekend’s NCAA super regional series.
After top-seeded Alabama pounded No. 16 seed Hawaii 8-0 to win the first game by way of the sport’s five-inning mercy rule, the Rainbow Wahine rebounded for an 8-7 victory to snap the Crimson Tide’s school-record 28-game win streak and force a deciding third game. The two teams meet again at noon Sunday on ESPN with the winner advancing to the WCWS next week in Oklahoma City.