Alabama, Dunne Get Win Over Hogs

Alabama softball has a motto: "Tradition never graduates." That means the Crimson Tide expects to continue winning with new blood. But Bama also has a nice tradition. During the course of the season, a senior will have her day. On Saturday, the day belonged to Kelsi Dunne.

On her senior day, Kelsi Dunne improved to 15-1 on the season as the number one-ranked Alabama softball team took a 12-3 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks. With a second straight win over the Hogs, Bama has the series in hand with a game to go on Sunday.

The Crimson Tide remains unbeaten at home and improves to 32-2 on the season and 8-1 in Southeastern Conference play.

Dunne was not at her very best as she allowed three runs off six hits. Dunne tossed nine strikeouts which places her in sole possession of second in total career strikeouts with 1,046. Dunne is also one win away from being only the second player in Crimson Tide history with 100 career victories.

The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks close out the series Sunday with a 1:30 p.m., first pitch at Rhoads Stadium.

"The offense did a great job today and continued to hit whoever Arkansas put in the circle," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "You have to respect your opponent and have to show up every day in this conference, otherwise you are going to get beat."

Juniors Amanda Locke and Cassie Reilly-Boccia paced Alabama at the plate. Locke collected two hits, including a home run and drove in three while Reilly-Boccia went deep and also drove in three. Freshman Kaila Hunt collected two hits and drove in a pair.

Alabama opened the scoring in the first inning by putting five runs on the board. Locke got things going with a single up the middle that scored junior Jennifer Fenton and senior Whitney Larsen.

Reilly-Boccia then cleared the bases with a three-run shot over the wall in right-center that plated freshman Jackie Traina and Locke to give the Tide the 5-0 advantage.

After Arkansas put three up on the board in the second, Alabama answered with three of its own. An illegal pitch started the scoring in the frame, plating sophomore Kayla Braud from third and then newcomer Kaila Hunt provided the big hit with a two –run single down the line in left to score Traina and Locke.

Larsen led off the fourth inning with a solo home run that hit off the very top of the wall and bounced over for her eighth homer of the season and 42nd of her career. After Dunne fouled out in her first career at-bat, Locke hit a moon shot for her second homer of the series and fifth on the year to increase the Tide lead to 10-3.

Alabama added another in the inning when junior Kendall Dawson hit a double off the wall in left-center to score Reilly-Boccia from second. The run pushed the Tide lead to 11-3. Alabama continued to pour it on when freshman Ryan Iamurri singled up the middle to drive in Dawson from second to give the Tide the eventual 12-3 victory.

Kim Jones(2-8) was tagged with the loss for Arkansas, who is now 10-23 on the year, 1-11 in league action.

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