Tide Softball Wins Third Tournament

TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 2-ranked Alabama softball team claimed its third tournament title of the season as it earned the USF Fairfield Inn and Suites Tournament championship with a 12-1 win over host USF Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to a perfect 16-0 on the season.

Freshman Jackie Traina earned the win in the circle to improve to 5-0 on the season. The Alabama rookie allowed one run on two hits and struck out five in five innings of work. The newcomer also hit a RBI double.

Sophomore Kayla Braud banged out two hits and stole two bases while senior Whitney Larsen went 3-for-3 from the plate with three runs scored and a RBI. Freshman Kaila Hunt added two hits, including a grand slam.

Alabama opened the scoring in a hurry as the Crimson Tide plated two runs in the top of the first. Reilly-Boccia supplied the big hit as she doubled off the top of the wall in centerfield to drive in Braud and Larsen.

Braud started off the game with an infield single which moves her hitting streak to 25 games. The streak ties Jordan Praytor (2006) for second all-time at the Capstone. Larsen reached base with an infield single as well and was able to score all the way from first on the lined-shot by Reilly-Boccia.

Alabama doubled its lead in the second inning by scoring two more runs and move to a 4-0 advantage. Sophomore Keima Davis singled up the middle to bring home freshman Kaila Hunt and then Braud singled to center as well to plate Davis from second.

The Tide then added four more with one swing of the bat in the top of the third inning. Hunt was able to drill her fourth homer of the season, this one coming by the way of a moon-shot grand slam over the tall fence in left to extend the lead to 8-0.

Alabama extended its lead even more when it put up four more in the fourth to take a 12-1 advantage. Larsen started the scoring in the frame with a double off the wall in left and then Traina lined a double down the left field line to score Larsen. Sophomore Courtney Conley then capped off the inning with a two-run homer over the wall in right-center.

Alabama out-scored its opponents 51-7 on the weekend and slammed 14 home runs. The team hit at a .368 clip and pitched at a 1.17 ERA.

The Crimson Tide will practice through the week and then continue its road trip when it heads to Orlando, Fla., for the ESPN Rise tournament. Alabama will begin play on Friday, March 4, against Fordham at 10 a.m. CST.

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