After waiting out a 3:21 weather delay at John Cropp Stadium, Alabama and Texas A&M struck like lightning in one inning. Alabama brought the final roll of thunder in the seventh, though.
Danielle Richard's two-out, full-count triple down the left-field line drove in two runs to give the Crimson Tide a 10-9 victory in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament.
The win vaulted the defending national champions, seeded eighth, into Thursday's quarterfinals against top-seeded Florida.
Because of the delay, Wednesday's second game between Kentucky and South Carolina ended too late for this edition.
"It was a very entertaining game," Crimson Tide Coach Patrick Murphy said. "I thought everybody got their money's worth. I think TV got their money's worth."
Alabama (42-12) took an 8-3 lead when Leona Lafaele launched a fifth-inning grand slam.
Ninth-seeded A&M (39-15) rallied with a slam of its own, by Amber Garza, to make it 8-7 in the sixth.
An inning later, Cassie Tysarczyk's two-run blast gave the Aggies a 9-8 lead.
That set the stage for Alabama's last-inning rally.
Haylie McLeney started things with a single, reaching second when shortstop Taran Tyler booted Molly Fichtner's potential double-play ball.
Two outs later, Richard ripped her game-winner down the line. "I was just going in there trying to look for a strike, maybe something in," Richard said. "And she threw it in. I just hit it."
A&M scored twice in the first, on Garza's sacrifice fly and Mel Dumezich's run-scoring single.
The Crimson Tide answered with four in the first, highlighted by Kaila Hunt's three-run homer.
The Aggies pulled to within 4-3 in the fifth on Cali Lanphear's RBI single.
"I thought our ballclub fought really hard tonight," A&M Coach Jo Evans said. "We gave ourselves a chance to win and come from behind. I'm really proud of the way our kids fought, and the way they wanted it."
Alabama 10, Texas A&M 9
Texas A&M 200 014 2— 9 10 1
Alabama 400 040 2—10 10 1
Dumezich and May; Traina, Jury (7) and Fichtner. HR — Hunt (Ala.) 13, Lafaele (Ala.) 5, Garza (A&M) 10, Tysarczyk (A&M) 11.
What: SEC quarterfinals
When: Beginning at 11 a.m.
Where: UK's John Cropp Stadium
Tournament bracket, Page C3
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