Alabama Softball Gets Pair Of Wins
Alabama scored 17 unanswered runs to defeat Central Connecticut 17-1at the USF Stadium and complete a two-win day.
Earlier in the day, Bama opened the tournament with a 7-0 win over Illinois State.
Alabama will return to tournament play on Saturday for two more games. The Crimson Tide will start off the day with a morning contest against Western Michigan. First pitch is slated for 9:30 a.m. CST. Alabama will then close out the day against Missouri at 11:30 a.m. CST.
Alabama used a 10-run second inning to insure the victory against Central Connecticut and improve the Crimson Tide record to 13-0 on the season. The win was Bama's eighth run-rule victory of the year.
The Tide plated two in the first inning, put a 10-spot up on the board in the second and added five more in the fourth to grab the lopsided win. Alabama banged out 12 hits and smashed two home runs, with 10 different players collecting a hit in the contest.
Sophomore Keima Davis led the charge with the bat, hitting 3-for-3, with a home run, three runs scored and four RBI.
Sophomore Lauren Sewell improved to 3-0 on the season, going the distance for the Crimson Tide. The right-hander scattered four hits, allowed one run and struck out three in the winning effort.
In the opening game, freshman Jackie Traina proved to be the difference as she pitched six scoreless innings and drove in four runs, including a three-run home run. Traina returned to her home state in impressive fashion as she scattered just three hits and struck out nine in six innings in the circle. She also batted 2-for-4 with four RBI.
Sophomore Kayla Braud extended her hitting streak to 21 games as she collected two hits, stole two bases and scored a run. Junior Jennifer Fenton scored twice and stole two bases while senior Whitney Larsen was brought home twice as well.
Alabama opened the scoring in the first inning when junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia took a pitch up the middle to score Fenton from second. Fenton started the inning with a single to short.
The Crimson Tide added another in the third when Traina helped her own cause. The rookie hit a sharp liner through the right side to plate Braud from second. Braud extended her 20-game hitting streak by reaching on an infield single and then promptly swiped second.
Alabama continued its scoring ways in the fourth inning freshman Kaila Hunt homered over the right field wall to give the Tide a 3-0 advantage. The home run was the second on the season for the rookie.
In her first appearance of the season, junior Amanda Locke was called upon to pinch hit and did not disappoint and she flared the second pitch she saw into left field to score Larsen from third. Larsen started the rally with a double off the centerfield wall.
Traina broke the game wide open in the seventh inning when the freshman hit a prodigious blast into the construction zone in left field to give Alabama the final score of 7-0.
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