Tide Softball Stars Have Tough Luck

Timing is everything. When Alabama's softball team finished its run through the All-Alabama Classic with five victories and a 47-1 scoring advantage in the five games—with the one run by the opponents unearned—there was reason to expect that one or more Crimson Tide players might win some recognition from the Southeastern Conference.

Alabama, ranked third in the nation, put up some outstanding candidates in the three areas in which the SEC names players of the week – player of the week, pitcher of the week, and freshman of the week. But it was a tough week.

Bama junior Jennifer Fenton batted .556 (10-for-18) with a team-best 11 RBI and two home runs and was nominated for player of the week. Tennessee's Raven Chavanne batted .692, hit two home runs, drove in 10 runs, and scored nine.

Tide senior Kelsi Dunne started the season with her seventh career no-hitter. For the weekend, Dunne went 2-0 and allowed just three hits and struck out 20 in 13 innings pitched while sporting a perfect 0.00 ERA. SEC pitcher of the week Stephanie Brombacher of Florida pitched a perfect game.

Jackie Traina began her college career earned two shutout victories as pitcher and batted .500 with a home run and five runs batted in. Julie Sarratt of South Carolina pitched a no-hitter and batted .667 in her debut.

As a team in the first weekend of play, Alabama batted .423 and held its opponents to a .113 clip at the plate. In the circle, the Tide sported a perfect 0.00 ERA and smacked around opposing pitchers for an 11.01 ERA. I

Other outstanding performers for Coach Patrick Murphy's Crimson Tide included sophomore Kayla Braud who set the table atop the lineup all weekend long as she batted a team-best .667 (8-for-12), scored 10 runs, drew five walks and swiped 12 bases.

Alabama will open the home portion of its 2011 season when it hosts the Bama Bash. The Crimson Tide will welcome Syracuse, Louisville and UT-San Antonio to Rhoads Stadium for the three-day, weekend tournament, which will start on Friday.

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