Albritton injured, expected to return
Less than an inning into Sunday’s doubleheader, the Blazers lost All-American sophomore Courtney Albritton.
After a collision at second base with Lions leadoff batter Harlie Barkley, who was attempting to steal second base, Albritton (the Blazers’ shortstop) left the game and received six stitches to the forehead.
On the play at second base, Albritton’s head was gashed open by the bill of Barkley’s helmet. She walked off the field on her own power, but was taken from the stadium to receive stitches. Upon her return to the dugout, Albritton watched the remainder of the doubleheader from the steps of the dugout with a hood over her head.
After the game, Macera said Albritton did not have any concussion symptoms, but the medical personnel worried she might, and her return was unknown. Later Sunday evening, Albritton said over Twitter that she expected to be back at practice with the team today, and hopefully back in the lineup Wednesday at West Florida.
Regardless, the Blazers missed the production of Albritton, who has seven home runs through the first 18 games this season. Her game one replacement, Angela O’Connor, was just 1 for 4 at the plate. In the second game, Macera shifted his entire lineup forward, making Morgan Johnson, who usually bats second behind Albritton, the leadoff batter.
“(Albritton) is the best hitter in Division II softball,” Macera said. “She is solid on defense, and you take that stick out of the lineup and it is tough. It is a team sport, and you have to find other ways to win now.”
Notes: Shelby Altman was the only Blazer to record multiple hits in each game. She finished 2 for 3 in each contest. … With her three RBIs Sunday, Morgan Johnson finished the weekend with a team-high six RBIs. … King hit a team-high two home runs this weekend. She has hit three home runs in the past eight days. … The Blazers visit West Florida Wednesday and West Alabama Saturday, before visiting Alabama-Huntsville Sunday. They return home March 16 against West Georgia.