Alabama Softball At End Of The Road

Presumably, the Alabama softball team stopped in Tuscaloosa and picked up their bats on the way from its horrific weekend in Baton Rouge en route to Troy for tonight's game against the Trojans. Bama scored just two runs in three games – two of the games going to extra innings – and didn't score at all as Tide pitchers threw a losing no-hitter.

The result was that Alabama, previously ranked number one in the nation, lost three games at LSU – 2-1 in 14 innings, 3-1 in 10 innings, and 2-0 in the losing no-hitter by Kelsi Dunne and Jackie Traina.

Maybe it's road fatigue. The Crimson Tide has been on the road for a couple of weeks, and finishes tonight – Tuesday – at Troy with first pitch at 6 p.m. CDT.

The Tide is now 37-5 overall and 12-4 in Southeastern Conference play. Bama leads the SEC Western Division and is tied with Tennessee for the overall SEC lead.

Troy is 25-18. Bama has an all-time record of 14-0 vs. the Trojans, including a win in this year's Alabama Classic in Vestavia Hills.

Following Troy and the end of the long road the Tide returns to Rhoads Stadium, where Bama is a perfect 17-0 this year. Bama will host Mississippi State with games at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. both Saturday andSunday.

Over the last 10 games Alabama sophomore Kayla Braud has a .382 average, 13 hits, 10 runs and four stolen bases. Senior Whitney Larsen follows with a .367 average, 11 hits, two home runs and a team-best nine RBI. Juniors Jennifer Fenton and Amanda Locke have hit a team-best three home runs each, while Fenton has hit .321 and Locke has added a .318 average. In the circle, freshman Jackie Traina sports a 2-2 record with an 0.58 earned run average while fanning 26 in 24 innings. Senior Kelsi Dunne is 4-1 with a 0.99 ERA. The right-hander has struck out 56 in 42 1/3 innings.

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