On The Road Again For Tide Softball

One reason the Alabama softball team of Coach Patrick Murphy is ranked number one in the nation is that the Crimson Tide has fashioned its 37-2 record against a tough schedule. The toughness factor continues this weekend as Alabama faces a second consecutive Southeastern Conference road series.

Alabama, which leads the SEC with a 12-1 record, will be at LSU for games at 6 p.m. CDT Friday and Saturday and a 1 p.m. Sunday game that will be televised on ESPNU.

The LSU Tigers are 22-12 overall and 5-6 in SEC games. Somewhat surprising, LSU leads the all-time series against Bama, 31-27. The Tigers are the only SEC team with a winning record against the Tide.

Alabama is coming off a three-game sweep of South Carolina in Columbia. After winning the first two games by identical 7-0 scores, Bama ace Kelsi Dunne pitched a 1-0 no-hitter, the eighth no-hitter of her Alabama career and second this season.

Along with a 7-1 win over College of Charleston while in the Palmetto State, the Crimson Tide pitching staff had an 0.25 earned run average and held the opponents to a .105 batting average. Pitchers struck out 36 batters in 28 innings.

Dunne is 8-0 in SEC play. She has career totals of 1,075 strikeouts (second in Alabama history to 1,113 by Stephanie VanBrakle) and 102 pitching victories (second to Shelly Laird with 115).

On offense, Bama batted .306 with seven home runs and 22 runs batted in. Kayla Braud led the attack with a .417 average. She scored four runs, stole three bases, and had a double and a grand slam home run among her hits.

LSU is coming off a three-game sweep of Arkansas.

This is the third consecutive week for Alabama to be ranked number one in the nation. The Tide was unanimous number one in the ESPN.com/USA poll and received 29 of 30 votes in the USA Today poll.

The Crimson Tide leads the NCAA in total stolen bases (97) due to Kayla Braud's team-leasing 41 stolen bases. Alabama ranks first in home runs (72), home runs per game (1.85) and slugging percentage (.628).  The Tide is sixth in total runs (307), ninth in ERA (1.35) and 13th in batting average (.337). Overall, Alabama has the best record in NCAA Division I softball.

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