No. 1 Tide Softball Stays Perfect At 16-0
The two wins gave Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy his 700th victory while at the helm of the Crimson Tide program.
Behind the arm of sophomore Jackie Traina and the bat of senior Jazlyn Lunceford, the Alabama softball team run-ruled Massachusetts, 8-0, Saturday afternoon. Traina improved to 9-0 on the season as she struck out six and allowed just three hits in six innings.
Lunceford drove in three runs, scored three times and ended the game in the sixth inning with a two-run home run that landed in the Brickyard in centerfield.
Alabama once again took advantage of free passes as it drew eight walks and was hit by four pitches. The Tide only needed five hits to plate the eight runs.
The two teams were locked in a pitcher's duel until Alabama broke the game open with four runs in the fifth inning after holding a 2-0 lead.
UA opened the scoring with a single run in the second inning when Alabama went to the small ball. Junior Kayla Braud executed the squeeze play with a bunt to the left side of the infield to score junior Keima Davis from third.
Alabama tacked on one more in the fourth when Traina helped her own cause by hitting an RBI single to left that plated Lunceford.
In the fourth, the Tide took advantage of the freebies as three of the four runs in the frame came on either a walk or a hit by pitch. Braud finished the scoring with an RBI single to short.
It was more of the same in game two for Alabama as it took advantage of 12 walks and three hit by pitches to down Maryland, 9-1. Freshman Leslie Jury improved to 5-0 on the season as she allowed one run on six hits and struck out 11 in the complete game effort.
Seniors Jazlyn Lunceford and Kendall Dawson each drove in two runs while fellow senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia walked a school record four times in game two on her senior day.
UA raced out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning when Dawson supplied the big hit with her first career triple, scoring on an error and driving in junior Jackey Branham on the play.
Alabama tacked on one more in the third and added a pair of runs in both the fifth and seventh innings to secure the win. Freshman Chaunsey Bell smacked an RBI double down the left field line for her first collegiate hit.
Alabama will wrap up tournament play when it faces UAB on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CST. Maryland and UMass will start day three of the Alabama Invite at 11 a.m.
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