Dunne Pitches Tide To Win Over Baylor

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Alabama softball team used solid pitching, outstanding defense and timely hitting to beat Baylor 3-0 in a winner's bracket matchup on Friday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

"It thought it was a great defensive performance by our team," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "Kelsi (Dunne) is in a zone right now. It warms my heart to know a senior is in that position when it comes to her final performance of her career. She is just doing a great job.

"The defense was just incredible. We made three or four – that I can think of – web gems and just rally killers that were keys to the ballgame. We just put enough runs on the board to get it done."

Senior Kelsi Dunne was outstanding in the circle to move to 29-4 on the season. She pitched six innings and surrendered just four base hits while striking out eight and not issuing a base on balls. Freshman Jackie Traina came on to pitch the seventh and earn her fourth save the season – her second save in as many games in Oklahoma City.

The Tide got off to a quick start with a run in the bottom of the first inning on Amanda Locke's sacrifice fly to left field to score Jennifer Fenton, who reached base on a bunt single. UA tacked on a run in the fourth on Whitney Larsen's bases-loaded single that plated Kaila Hunt for a 2-0 lead. Hunt then drove in UA's third run in the fifth on a two-out single up the middle that was mishandled by the center fielder allowing Locke to come around and score.

Kayla Braud and Kaila Hunt led the Tide at the plate with two hits each, while the middle of the lineup drove in the runs with Larsen and Locke accounting for an RBI each. The Tide finished with six hits as a team.

With the win, Alabama earns a day off and moves into Sunday's bracket final at 12 p.m. from ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

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