Why Do Gamecocks Bat Against Dunne?

Alabama senior Kelsi Dunne has figured out how to be selected Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week. Dunne received that honor for the eighth time this week.Coincidentally, the All-America from Port Orange, Florida, pitched her eighth no-hitter for the Crimson Tide in winning the honor. Oddly, she accomplished the feat this year against two different sets of Gamecocks.



Kelsi Dunne pitched a no-hitter for Alabama on Sunday as the Crimson Tide finished a three-game sweep of South Carolina in Columbia. It was Dunne's second no-hitter of the season and her second award as SEC Pitcher of the Week.

(Seeing a pattern here?)

Dunne put together another solid weekend for the Crimson Tide earning two more wins, highlighted by the no-hitter, to move her record to 18-1 on the season. Dunne opened the series against South Carolina with a complete game, two-hit shutout. The right-hander struck out 12 and walked three.

In the series finale, Dunne tossed her eighth career no-hitter and second of the season, striking out 10 and walking two. Dunne recorded her first no-hitter of the season against Jacksonville State on Feb. 12.

On the week the senior was 2-0 and allowed just two hits while striking out 22 in 14 innings. The Gamecocks could only muster a .047 batting average against the right-hander.

Dunne and her Alabama teammates will remain on the road as it will head to Baton Rouge to face LSU in a three-game conference series. The first game of the three-game set will begin on Friday with first pitch slated for 6 p.m. CDT.

The Crimson Tide is 37-2 overall and 12-1 in SEC play and ranked first in the nation.

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