Former Lynnwood softball star homers, helps Alabama reach WCWS

Maddie Morgan blasts a 2-run homer to help Alabama advance to the Women’s College World Series.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Maddie Morgan sure picked a good time for her first home run of the season.

The former Lynnwood High School star blasted a two-run homer to help the University of Alabama softball team advance to the Women’s College World Series with a 4-1 win over Kentucky on Saturday.

The victory completed a two-game sweep for the No. 3 seed Crimson Tide (50-7) in their best-of-three super regional against the No. 14 seed Wildcats (43-16). Alabama is headed to the eight-team Women’s College World Series for the 13th time in program history.

Morgan’s two-run shot came in the top of the fourth inning, with one out and the Tide nursing a 2-1 lead. The left-handed hitting Alabama senior connected on a 2-1 pitch and launched it over the right-center field fence to make it a three-run game.

Morgan also had a key run-scoring single in the Tide’s 4-3 win in Friday’s series opener. That two-out single capped a four-run fourth inning for Alabama and gave the Tide a 4-2 lead.

Morgan, a third baseman, has started 44 of 57 games for Alabama this season. She is batting .244 with one home run and five doubles.

The Tide face No. 11 seed Arizona (40-13) on Thursday in their opening game of the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

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