Tide Softball Gets Two More Victories
In the first game, Alabama freshman Jackie Traina made history as she became the first Alabama player to hit three home runs in a single game as she helped lead the Crimson Tide to a 12-4 victory over Western Michigan to start day two of the USF Fairfield Inn and Suites Tournament.
Traina was responsible for three of the seven Alabama home runs in the contest as the rookie batted 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI. Junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia, freshman Kaila Hunt, sophomore Courtney Conley and junior Amanda Locke also went deep for Alabama. Traina, Conley and Locke went back-to-back-to-back in the fourth inning.
On top of the offensive performance by Traina, sophomore Kayla Braud collected two hits, stole two bases and scored twice.
Sophomore Lauren Sewell earned the win in the circle, allowing four runs – two earned with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings pitched. Traina came in relief and tossed 2 1/3 innings, striking out four without allowing a hit.
Playing its first ranked opponent of the season, Alabama continued its winning ways by downing No. 15 Missouri, 3-1. Senior Kelsi Dunne improved to 7-0 on the season as she went the distance, allowing one run on three hits while striking out seven.
Alabama opened the scoring in the third inning when the Crimson Tide put two on the board. Junior Kendall Dawson, in front of her home crowd, started the rally with a leadoff double. Sophomore Kayla Braud then extended her hitting streak to 24 games with a double of her own, driving home Dawson and handing the Tide the early 1-0 lead.
Senior Whitney Larsen then drove home the second run of the contest on a fielder's choice to short, that plated Braud from third.
After Missouri answered with a run in the bottom of the third, Larsen would be heard from again as she hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth to give Alabama the final 3-1 win.
Down the stretch, Dunne was at her finest as she sat down the last final 14 Tiger batters to secure the victory.
Alabama will wrap up its stay in Tampa when its faces the host team, USF, on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. CST.
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