Tide Bats Get Job Done In Bama Bash

The Alabama softball team opened the home portion of its 2011 schedule in impressive fashion as it breezed through its first two games of the Bama Bash, Friday night at Rhoads Stadium. The Crimson Tide opened the day with a 10-2, five-inning win over Louisville, and then downed UT-San Antonio, 13-5 in six innings, to improve to 7-0 on the young season.

"To have 14 hits in one game and 16 in another in the same day is awesome," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "It was great to be home and see the balls flying out of the park. Overall, the defense played well and it was a really good night."

Freshman Jackie Traina batted 4-for-5 on the day with a pair of home runs and five RBI. Junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia batted 5-for-7 with four RBI while the Crimson Tide plated 23 runs, collected 31 hits and smacked five home runs on the evening.

Game 1

Alabama quickly opened up an early cushion when it plated four runs in the bottom of the second. A two-run double from junior Kendall Dawson gave the Tide a 2-0 advantage, scoring juniors Jazlyn Lunceford and Cassie Reilly-Boccia.

Then freshman Jackie Traina doubled the score with one swing of the bat when she hit a moon-shot over the left-centerfield wall to extend the lead to 4-0. Traina homered in her first at-bat of the season, and then followed suit with a home run in her first at bat in the friendly confines of Rhoads Stadium.

Alabama the chipped in two more runs in the third. Murphy called the squeeze play and Reilly-Boccia laid it down to perfection, scoring senior Whitney Larsen from third. Reilly-Boccia later scored on an infield single by freshman Kaila Hunt.

The Tide continued its scoring ways when Reilly-Boccia came through with two outs in the fourth. With two strikes on the board, the southpaw dumped an outside pitch into left field to score sophomore Kayla Braud and junior Jennifer Fenton.

Alabama finished off Louisville for its fourth run-rule game of the season when the Tide added two more in the fifth. Braud gave Alabama a 9-2 lead when she drove home sophomore Keima Davis on sac-fly to center. Fenton ended the game with a triple to right-center to plate Hunt all the way from first.

Game 2

Alabama once again got off to a quick start when it plated three runs to start the first. Senior Whitney Larsen singled up the middle to score sophomore Kayla Braud and then junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia doubled off the wall in center to bring in Larsen.

Freshman Jackie Traina capped off the scoring when she hit a sharp liner through the right side to score Reilly-Boccia.

The Roadrunners had a quick answer through as Molly Fichtner hit a three-run homer in the bottom half to even the score.

Braud then gave Alabama the lead in the second inning. After freshman Jordan Patterson led off the inning with a double to right, Braud hit a prodigious blast well over the wall in right-center to hand the Tide a 5-3 advantage.

Junior Jennifer Fenton then increased the lead to 6-3 with one swing of the bat. On a full count, the centerfielder hit a line shot over the wall for a solo shot. The onslaught continued when Traina went deep for the second time on the day, driving home senior Whitney Larsen to give the Tide an 8-3 lead.

The Tide continued its home run hitting ways when sophomore Courtney Conley drilled a home run to left, giving Alabama a 9-3 lead and its second back-to-back set of home runs in the inning.

UTSA was able to trim the Tide's lead to 9-5, but Alabama was able to secure the victory with four runs in the top of the sixth to lock up the 13-5 decision.

The win over the Roadrunners gave the Tide its third doubleheader sweep of this young season. Alabama will return to Bama Bash action tomorrow for a pair of games. The Tide will open the day at 1 p.m. against Syracuse and then face Louisville at 4 p.m.

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