Tide Softball Wins Pair Of Run-Rules

The No. 2 ranked Alabama softball team combined to score 18 runs in two run-rule victories Saturday in the Easton SEC-ACC Challenge at Rhoads Stadium. The Crimson Tide opened the day with an 8-0 win over Florida State and then downed North Carolina, 10-1. After the pair of victories Alabama improves to 23-1 on the season.

"It was a great day for us especially against two great opponents," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "It was amazing to just leave one runner on base in that 10-1 win. I was very pleased with our pitching today as well, just allowing three hits."

Game 1

Despite only collecting three hits, Alabama erupted for eight runs to down Florida State, 8-0 in five innings Saturday afternoon. The senior duo of Kelsi Dunne and Whitney Larsen did most of the damage as Dunne tossed a one-hitter while Larsen hit a grand slam.

Dunne finished the contest with eight strikeouts, putting her career number at 999. She also only tallied one walk to improve to 10-1 on the season.

Alabama opened the contest by plating two runs without recording a hit. The Tide loaded the bases and then scored on back-to-back walks as junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia and sophomore Jackey Branham tallied the RBIs the easy way. Alabama drew four walks and also saw junior Amanda Locke get hit by a pitch in the 46-pitch inning by Seminole hurler Sarah Hamilton.

After plating another run on a bases loaded walk, Larsen broke the game wide open with a two-out grand slam high over the left field wall to give the Tide a 7-0 lead in the fourth.

Alabama plated its final run of the contest when sophomore Courtney Conley doubled to left-center to score pinch-runner Keima Davis.

Game 2

Junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia hit a pair of home runs and drove in five while freshman pitcher Jackie Traina held a no-hitter with two outs into the fifth inning before a pair of hits broke the no-no and the shutout to down North Carolina, 10-1 in five innings.

Traina struck out five and walked one in the five inning win to improve to a perfect 9-0 on the season. The freshman lowered her ERA to 0.98 on the year.

Whitney Larsen continued her power hitting ways as she pounded her second home run of the day, this time a two-run liner over the wall in center to give Alabama a 2-0 lead in the first.

Reilly-Boccia then added a home run of her own, extending the Alabama lead to 5-0 with a three-run homer in the first.

Reilly-Boccia struck again, this time in the third inning with a two-run homer. After a walk to Traina, the junior hit a high fly just inside of the foul pole down the right field line to give the Tide a 7-0 lead.

Alabama tacked on three more in the fourth when sophomore Kayla Braud doubled down the left field line to score junior Kendall Dawson. Junior Jazlyn Lunceford then doubled off the top of the wall in left-center to plate Braud and sophomore Jackey Branham.

Alabama will close out the Easton Challenge on Sunday with a single contest against Florida State. The two teams will meet at 1:30 p.m. at Rhoads Stadium.

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