Alabama Softball Wins Two Games

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The No. 1 ranked Alabama softball team concluded day two of the Citrus Classic with a convincing 10-0 win over No. 13 Oregon, Saturday evening at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Bama also defeated Fordham, 3-1, in an earlier game. With the wins, the Crimson Tide improves to 19-1 on the year while the Ducks move to 16-4.



Against Oregon, the Tide offense returned in impressive fashion as Alabama plated three runs in each of the first three innings and added another in the fourth to secure the run-rule victory.

Senior Kelsi Dunne improved to 8-1 on the season as the right-hander allowed just two hits and struck out seven in the five-inning shutout.

Alabama junior outfielder Jennifer Fenton paced the Tide at the plate with a pair of hits, two RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Kayla Braud saw her 28-game hitting streak come to an end as she was called out on a bang-bang play at first in her last at bat of the contest after drawing three walks in her first three at bats.

Alabama got things going in a hurry to start the game. Freshman Jackie Traina blasted a three-run home run to give the Tide the early lead. Traina went to the opposite field, lifting the homer well over the wall in right to score sophomore Kayla Braud and Fenton.

Alabama added three more in the second inning as Fenton supplied the big hit. The speedster ripped a triple over the first base bag to bring home junior Kendall Dawson and Braud. Senior Whitney Larsen then plated Fenton from third with a single up the middle.

Again the Tide plated three more, this time on an error in left field that enabled Alabama to clear the bases on the fly ball off the bat of Fenton.

Dawson closed out the scoring for the Tide as she doubled to left field to bring home junior Amanda Locke.

In the first Tide game of the day, Alabama junior Amanda Locke hit a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to lead the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide past Fordham, 3-1.

Freshman Jackie Traina started off the seventh inning with a shot through the left side and then Locke finished things off as she belted a towering two-run home run over the wall in left-centerfield. The home run was the second of the season for Locke and the first walk-off on the year for the Tide.

Traina earned the win in the circle to improve to a perfect 7-0 on the season. The rookie went the distance, allowing one unearned run on four hits while striking out nine.

Sophomore Kayla Braud extended her hitting streak to 28 games as the fleet-footed outfielder collected two of the five Alabama hits on the day.

Alabama opened the scoring in the first inning when junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia beat out a roller to the right side of the infield that plated junior Jennifer Fenton.

Alabama will wrap up Citrus Classic play when it faces Virginia on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m. EST (8 a.m. CST) and will be shown live on ESPN3.com.

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