Traina's One-Hitter Gives Tide Sweep

MOBILE, Ala. – Alabama pitcher Jackie Traina allowed just one hit and struck out a career-high 15 batters as the Crimson Tide finished the Mardi Gras Invitational with a 3-0 win over Jacksonville State, Sunday afternoon at Jaguar Field. After the weekend UA starts the season 4-0.

Alabama sophomore Jackie Traina baffled the Gamecock (0-4) hitters all game long and had a no-hitter intact until a leadoff single in the seventh inning broke the no-hit bid. The All-America finished the tournament 3-0 with an unblemished 0.00 ERA. She allowed just four hits in 16 innings and struck out 30.

The two teams were locked into a pitcher's duel as JSU hurler Hilary Phillips struck out 10 and kept the potent Alabama bats at bay until the bottom of the fifth.

Junior Keima Davis crushed a solo shot down the line in left and then freshman Danielle Richard promptly belted her first career home run with a shot over the wall in center to break the scoreless tie and quickly give the Tide a 2-0 lead.

Senior Jennifer Fenton then capped off the scoring on the day when she stole home by being part of a double-steal with senior Amanda Locke.

Locke led all Tide hitters over the weekend with a .636 (7-for-11) average and also smacked two home runs and tallied a team-high seven RBI. Sophomore Kaila Hunt smashed three home runs and drove in five with a .385 (5-for-13) average.

Alabama has had Jacksonville State's number as it improved to 15-0 all-time against the instate program. The Gamecocks had not gotten a hit against the Tide in 28 innings before the seventh inning knock, as former UA All-American Kelsi Dunne threw three straight no-hitters, dating back to 2009.

Alabama will continue tournament play on the road when it heads to Auburn to participate in the SEC/ACC/Big XII Challenge. UA will open play on Friday against No. 23 Georgia Tech. The Tide will also play Virginia Tech and 2011 WCWS participants Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

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