Softball Suffers First Loss, 1-0

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The No. 1 ranked Alabama softball team split its first two games of the Citrus Classic, Friday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. The Crimson Tide opened the tournament with a 4-1 win over Notre Dame and then dropped its first contest of the season by falling to Louisiana-Lafayette, 1-0. After the day Alabama moves to 17-1 on the season.

Game 1

Alabama opened play at the Citrus Classic with a 4-1 win over Notre Dame (9-2). The win was the 17th in a row for the Crimson Tide. The two teams opened the game scoreless until Alabama was able to plate a single run in each of the fourth through seventh innings to earn the win.

The freshman duo of Jackie Traina and Kaila Hunt paced the Tide to victory. Traina improved to 6-0 in the circle on the season, going the distance to earn the complete game win. The rookie scattered six hits and allowed one unearned run while striking out a career-best 12 in the wining effort.

Hunt batted 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Sophomore Kayla Braud was a perfect 4-for-4 at the dish, scoring a run and swiping three bases.

The Tide got on the board first by plating a single run in the fourth. Hunt provided the big hit when she doubled off the wall in left to bring in Traina.

In the fifth, Alabama pulled off its second suicide squeeze of the season when senior Whitney Larsen laid down a perfect bunt to score sophomore Courtney Conley from third.

Hunt would strike again in the sixth inning when she belted her fifth home run of the season. The rookie hit a solo lined-shot over the left field wall to give Alabama a 3-1 lead.

The Tide capped off its scoring in the seventh inning when junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia hit a sacrifice fly to center to plate Braud.

Game 2

Alabama suffered its first loss of the season and was shutout for the first time since March 13, 2010 as it fell to No. 17 Louisiana-Lafayette, 1-0.

ULL pitcher Ashley Brignac (7-0) earned the shutout by allowing just two Kayla Braud hits while striking out six.

Alabama senior hurler Kelsi Dunne (7-1) suffered her first loss of the season as she allowed one run on four hits while striking out 12.

The Ragin' Cajuns earned the victory on the strength of a solo home run off the bat of Christi Orgeron in the top of the sixth inning.

Alabama will continue Citrus Classic play as it will partake in two contests on Saturday. The Tide will open the day against Fordham at 12:30 p.m. ET and then play No. 13 Oregon at 4 p.m.

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