Tide Softball Wins Over Tar Heels

The No. 2 ranked Alabama softball team finished day one of the Easton SEC-ACC Challenge with a 3-0 win over North Carolina, Friday evening at Rhoads Stadium. Kelsi Dunne pitched the shutout win. With the victory, the Crimson Tide improves to 21-1 on the year while the Tar Heels move to 14-9.

Sophomore Kayla Braud and senior Whitney Larsen paced Alabama at the plate with a pair of hits each. Braud added a run and swiped three bases while Larsen and junior Amanda Locke both went deep for Alabama.

Alabama got things going in the second inning when Locke sailed a solo shot to the tree in centerfield to give the Tide the early 1-0. The home run was her third of the season.

The Tide added another run in the third when junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia got the job done with a bases loaded sacrifice fly to plate Braud from third.

Larsen gave Alabama a 3-0 lead as she led off the fifth inning with a solo lined shot over the centerfield wall for her fourth home run of the season.

Senior Kelsi Dunne improved to 9-1 on the year, lowering her ERA to 0.40. Dunne recorded 13 strikeouts tonight, just nine shy of cracking the 1000 career mark. The only Crimson Tide pitchers to break that mark are Stephanie VanBrakle who holds the record with 1113 strikeouts and Shelley Laird who fanned 1045 batters.

Overall this season, the Crimson Tide has smashed 43 home runs, 22 games into the season. Also, the 174 RBI and 77 stolen bases is also the most through 22 games.

The Crimson Tide will return to the field tomorrow in a Saturday doubleheader in Tuscaloosa. Alabama will face off against Florida State starting at 1:30 p.m. CST.

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