Tide Softball Puts Rebels Away Early

The top-ranked Alabama softball team scored 12 runs in the first two innings to down Mississippi, 12-2, Friday night at Rhoads Stadium. With the victory the Crimson Tide improves to 23-0 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play.

Alabama opened the game with three runs in the first and then put nine on the board in the second to continue its winning ways against Ole Miss. Bama has now won 21 straight against the Rebels and improves to 49-2 all-time.

The Tide outhit the Rebels (13-10, 2-1 SEC), 11-3, and was led at the plate by senior Jennifer Fenton, who went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI. Fellow senior Jazlyn Lunceford also collected two hits and scored two runs, adding an RBI.

Sophomore pitcher Jackie Traina moved her unblemished record to 14-0, earning the three inning win. Traina struck out three and allowed one run on one hit in a 51-pitching outing.

UA opened the game with three runs in the first. Traina helped her own cause by smacking an RBI double in the gap in right-center to score Fenton and senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia. Traina later came around to score on a wild pitch.

Alabama opened the floodgates in the second by plating nine runs. Fenton got things going with a two-run single through the left side and then Reilly-Boccia singled up the middle to score Fenton from second.

Sophomore Kaila Hunt provided the big hit in the frame with a three-run home run. The homer was her team-leading eighth on the season. Senior Kendall Dawson then drilled a home run over the wall in center to continue the onslaught.

The Tide was not done as back-to-back triples by Lunceford and freshman Jadyn Spencer capped off the scoring. Nine of the 12 runs were scored with two outs.

Game two of the series will be held Saturday night and will air on ESPNU. Mark Neely and Michele Smith will call the action from Rhoads Stadium with first pitch slated for 5 p.m. CDT.

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