Tide Softball Gets To Play At Home

Home is where the heart is. Home sweet home. There's no where like home. Sweet Home Alabama! Yeah, yeah, yeah. Don't bother telling it to Alabama's softball team, which completed its season-opening road swing with a win over Alabama-Birmingham Tuesday and which will finally be in Tuscaloosa this weekend.

True, the Alabama softball team of Coach Patrick Murphy has been in the state of Alabama for its first eight games, including Tuesday night's 8-1 victory over UAB in Birmingham. And there have been victories in Mobile and Auburn in tournaments, leading to an 8-0 record for the Crimson Tide.

But this week is special, because Alabama is finally scheduled to be at home in Tuscaloosa's Rhoads Stadium.

Alabama will begin its home portion of the 2012 schedule when it hosts the Bama Bash starting on Friday. The Tide is scheduled to play five games over the course of the three days, hosting East Carolina, North Dakota State, and SIUE.

Alabama, ranked second in the nation, had little trouble with the Alabama-Birmingham Blazers, who fell to 5-6 on the season and 0-11 against The University of Alabama.

Alabama outhit UAB, 8-3, and were led at the plate by freshman Danae Hays, who batted 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Junior Kayla Braud scored two runs, walked three times and stole three bases.

Sophomore pitcher Jackie Traina improved to 6-0 on the season as she allowed one run on two hits and struck out nine in five innings. Freshman Leslie Jury allowed one hit and struck out one in two innings of relief.

Sophomore Ryan Iamurri got things started for Alabama by driving in the first run of the ball game. With two outs in the top of the second, On the 11th pitch of the at-bat, Iamurri lined a single into left field to score junior Courtney Conley. UA added another in the frame when senior Kendall Dawson was able to score on a double steal.

Alabama added three more in the third to move its lead to 5-0. Conley started the inning with an RBI single up the middle to score pinch-runner Keima Davis. Hays then drove in two more on the next at bat with a single that plated senior Jazlyn Lunceford and Conley.

In the fourth inning Braud scored on a grounder off the bat of senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia that was mishandled by the Blazers shortstop. UA added one more on the same play when an errant throw by the shortstop in attempt to get senior Jennifer Fenton out at third squirted away from the base to enable Fenton to scamper home to move the lead to 7-0.

Alabama added another run to make it 8-1 by once again being aggressive on the base paths. The speedy duo of Braud and Fenton completed a double steal and on the throw to get Braud at third it trickled away from the shortstop covering the bag enableing Braud to scamper home.

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