Alabama Softball Improves To 6-0

AUBURN – The No. 2 ranked Alabama softball team opened day two of the SEC/ACC/Big XII Challenge with a 7-3 victory over Virginia Tech, Saturday morning from Jane B. Moore Field. After the win the Crimson Tide improve to 6-0 on the season.

Alabama freshman pitcher Leslie Jury earned her first collegiate win as she allowed three unearned runs on two hits while striking out three in six innings of work. Fellow newcomer Jadyn Spencer allowed one hit in a scoreless inning of relief. The appearance was a career first for the Iowa native.

The Tide outhit the Hokies 8-3 on the day with junior Kayla Braud leading the way with two hits, two runs and three stolen bases. Senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia continued to stay hot at the plate as she drove in three runs.

After giving up an unearned run in the top of the second the Crimson Tide answered with four in the bottom half. Junior Keima Davis started the scoring with a two-run double down the line in right and then later in the frame Reilly-Boccia drove in two on a single up the middle.

Virginia Tech (7-2) scored a single unearned run atop the fifth inning but once again Alabama had an answer. Senior Jazlyn Lunceford hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer over the wall in center to hand the Tide a 6-2 lead.

Alabama extended the lead to 7-3 when Reilly-Boccia brought Braud home on a sac-fly to right. Braud got the sixth inning going when she doubled off the wall in right-center and then promptly stole third.

The Tide was supposed to play a doubleheader on Saturday but inclement weather decided otherwise as UA was set to take on No. 4 Oklahoma but the game was canceled.

Alabama will close out the tournament Sunday morning when it faces No. 15 ranked Oklahoma State. The two WCWS teams are scheduled for a 9 a.m., first pitch.

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