Alabama Softball Picks Up Two Wins

The top-ranked Alabama softball team earned two more wins in its own Alabama Challenge Tournament Saturday. The Crimson Tide downed No. 25 DePaul, 9-7, to open the day Saturday, and then run-ruled Longwood, 11-0, to cap off day two of the Challenge. With the pair of victories the Crimson Tide improved to 29-1 on the season.

Alabama smashed six home runs on the day, as five different players went deep for the Tide. Senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia led the charge at the plate with two home runs and five RBI. Four different players collected three hits and drove in three or more runs.

Game 1

For the second day in a row the Tide earned a ranked win as it held on to beat the No. 25-ranked Blue Demons, 9-7. Jackie Traina earned her 17th straight victory and smashed her fourth home run of the season. Traina was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and three RBI and pitched all seven innings, allowing seven runs – five earned, on eight hits while striking out five. Reilly-Boccia tallied two hits, scored a run and drove in a run. Junior Kayla Braud also collected two hits and scored a run. Alabama opened the game in a hurry with four runs in the first inning. The Tide powered its way to the four runs on the strength of two, two-out home runs. Reilly-Boccia drilled a solo home run and then sophomore Kaila Hunt smashed a three-run shot off the scoreboard. The home run was the fifth on the year for Reilly-Boccia and the team-leading 10th on the season for Hunt. After DePaul chipped away and pulled to within one run, Alabama answered with two of its own in the third. Traina once again helped her own cause by hitting a two-out, two-run homer to give the Tide a 6-3 lead. The Tide added two more in the fifth to take an 8-3 lead. Reilly-Boccia started the scoring in the frame when she singled up the middle to plate Braud and then Traina struck again, this time doubling off the wall in right score pinch-runner Jazlyn Lunceford. Alabama wrapped up its scoring when senior Jennifer Fenton smashed a single off the glove of the pitcher to score freshman Danielle Richard. Game 2 Once again the Tide used a big first inning, this time scoring seven runs in the opening frame to set the tone in an 11-0 run-rule victory over Longwood. In her first collegiate start, freshman Chaunsey Bell batted a perfect 3-for-3 on the strength of her first career home run. Freshman pitcher Leslie Jury tossed her first career shutout, scattering just three hits while striking out three. Reilly-Boccia hit her second first inning home run of the day, this time connecting on a three-run homer on the very first pitch she saw. After Bell tallied her first RBI of the game, junior Jackey Branham hit her first home run of the season – a two-run shot, to provide the punch in the frame. After adding another in the second on a wild pitch, Bell hit a two-run homer in the third before Fenton scored on another wild pitch. The run-rule victory was the 10th on the season for Alabama. The 11 runs marked the ninth time the Tide had tallied double-digits in runs. UA now sports 17 different players with at least one home run on the roster. Alabama will wrap up the Easton Alabama Challenge when it faces Longwood on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

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