Fenton Slam Gets Tide Past DePaul

Alabama got only six hits against DePaul on the first day of the Alabama Challenge at the Rhoads Softball Stadium Friday, but one of those hits was the fourth of the inning and was a grand slam home run by Jennifer Fenton. Bama needed that big fifth inning plus some relief pitching heroics from Leslie Jury for a 4-3 victory.

Alabama got three singles – two by bunt – in the bottom of the fifth. Kendall Dawson, Jazlyn Lunceford, and Kayla Braud were aboard when Jennifer Fenton clubbed her third career grand slam home run.

Freshman pitcher Leslie Jury shut the door on DePaul, as she came on with the go-ahead run on second base and one out in the seventh inning and struck out the last two batters to preserve top-ranked Alabama's win.

With the victory the Crimson Tide improve to 27-1 on the season.

The save was a career first for Jury as she came on in relief for senior Amanda Locke, who earned her second win on the season. Locke allowed three runs on four hits while striking out two in 3 1/3 innings.

DePaul (15-8), ranked 25th in the nation, made it interesting by scoring two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh before Jury stopped the rally.

Braud had two of the Tide's six hits.

Alabama will continue tournament play as it will have two games on Saturday. Alabama will open the day at 1:30 p.m. CDT against DePaul and then face Longwood at 4 p.m.

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