Alabama Softball Defeats Kentucky 9-1

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The number one ranked Alabama softball team used a big first inning to secure its first Southeastern Conference series victory of the season with a 9-1 run-rule win, Saturday over Kentucky at the UK Softball Complex. With the victory the Crimson Tide improve to 20-0 on the season.

Alabama exploded for eight runs in the first inning, banging out eight hits in the frame. Junior Courtney Conley supplied the big hit with a three-run home run to extend her hitting streak to seven games.

Senior Amanda Locke had a pair of RBI while Jennifer Fenton, Cassie Reilly-Boccia and Jazlyn Lunceford also knocked in runs in the inning.

Alabama added its ninth and final run of the contest when junior Kayla Braud was able to score on a throwing error by the pitcher that rolled along the fencing down the right field line.

Freshman Leslie Jury earned her first career SEC victory. The rookie allowed one run on four hits and struck out three to improve to 7-0 on the season.

Senior catcher Kendall Dawson and Lunceford paced the Tide at the plate with two hits each. Fenton reached base four times while Braud scored twice.

The hot start marks the third time in program history that the Tide has begun a season 20-0. UA raced out to a school record 27-0 record in 2001 and a 25-0 start in 2007.

Alabama and Kentucky will wrap up the series on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for Noon CT.

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