Alabama Softball can’t wake up against Auburn

During a morning softball game on Saturday, it seemed like No. 17 Alabama hit the snooze alarm a few too many times.

The Crimson Tide had no energy, no momentum and no runs in the final game of the regular season, losing 3-0 to Auburn in the regular season finale.

Alabama has struggled to score points all season, which is nothing new. What hurt Saturday was that the offense was hamstrung by the Tigers’ No. 3 pitcher, Annabelle Widra, who had thrown just 32 innings this season.

Widra pitched a complete-game four-hitter in the shutout with a season-high seven strikeouts. She threw 94 pitches. Her previous high was 69.

Alabama had one player reach second base.

It was also a bad day for Crimson Tide pitching. Jocelyn Briski lasted just 1 1/3 innings after allowing two runs on three hits. Kayla Beaver allowed one run on three hits in 2 2/3 innings with four strikeouts. Alea Johnson pitched the final two innings without allowing a hit with one walk.

Auburn struck first in the second inning on an RBI single by Anna Wohlers. Nelia Peralta later followed with an RBI single for a 2-0 lead. It could have been 3-0, but Alabama catcher Riley Valentine made the tag on Wohlers as he tried to score from second. The play was reviewed for obstruction, but the decision was upheld.

Amelia Lech made it 3-0 with a solo home run to left field. It was her second home run of the series and 12th of the season.

Alabama (33-15, 10-13 SEC) now waits to see where it will be seeded for the SEC Tournament, which begins May 7 at Auburn.