Tide Softball Goes Undefeated In Bash
When the number two ranked Alabama softball team wrapped up the tournament Sunday with a run-rule 8-0 victory, the truth that had been revealed was what SIUE stood for. It turns out that Bama was beating up on Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Sunday's win was the Crimson Tide's fifth in the Bama Bash and improved Alabama to 13-0 on the season.
Sophomore Kaila Hunt, who had a three-run homer to highlight a seven-run first inning for Alabama, was named tournament MVP. Other Crimson Tide players named to the all-tournament team were Kayla Braud, Danae Hays, and Amanda Locke.
Alabama will remain at home to host another tournament next weekend, the Alabama Invite. Bama will welcome Maryland, Massachusetts, and UAB to Rhoads Stadium. The Crimson Tide will open the tournament against the Maryland Terrapins on Friday.
Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy was pleased with the win. "Whenever you can get a shutout in softball in 2012, it's a great day," Murphy said. "The defense played great and the first inning was awesome. To come out and go through the order and put seven runs up, you have to feel good about it."
Alabama exploded for seven runs in the first inning, sending 12 players to the plate in the frame. After senior Amanda Locke got it started with an RBI single to left, Hunt drilled a three-run shot over the wall in center to give the Tide a 4-0 lead.
Senior Jazlyn Lunceford had a two-run double, and Jennifer Fenton closed out the big first inning with a run-scoring single.
After unproductive second and third innings, Alabama freshman Jadyn Spencer was very efficient in getting Bama its eighth run. Spencer hit a moon-shot over the wall in center for her first collegiate home run.
Alabama scored the eight runs on six hits, with Fenton going 2-for-2, with an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base. Junior Lauren Sewell (2-0) recorded the five-inning shutout, allowing two hits and striking out two.
Alabama outscored its opponents 33-12 on the weekend, hitting at a .346 clip and posting a 2.33 ERA. UA smashed five home runs and held opposing batters to a .179 average.
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