Alabama Softball Downs Bulldogs

STARKVILLE, Miss. – The second-ranked Alabama softball team secured the series victory over its highway 82 rivals as it downed Mississippi State, 4-2, Saturday afternoon at the MSU Softball Stadium. With the win the Crimson Tide improve to 34-1 overall and 11-1 in Southeastern Conference play.

Alabama junior Kayla Braud bounced back by reaching base three times, on the strength of two hits while sophomore Kaila Hunt also collected two hits, including a home run. Freshman Danielle Richard drove in a pair of runs, tallying a solo home run and a sac-fly in the winning effort.

Freshman Leslie Jury improved to 10-1 on the season as she allowed an unearned run on three hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Sophomore Jackie Traina came in and struck out two in the seventh to earn her first save of the season.

Alabama got things going in the second inning when the Tide scored two runs. Richard opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly to left to score senior Amanda Locke from third. Then with the bases loaded, senior Jennifer Fenton tallied an infield single to plate senior Jazlyn Lunceford.

After MSU scored an unearned run in the bottom of the second the Crimson Tide turned to the long ball as it two solo home runs. Hunt hit her team-leading 13th home run of the season with a shot over the wall in left-center in the third inning and then Richard hit her second career homer with a liner over the wall in center in the fourth inning.

Leading 4-1 in the fourth, junior Kayla Braud preserved the score by scaling the wall in left to rob an Erin Nesbit would-be two-run homer. MSU scored a run in the sixth to pull within two, but Traina closed the door with an overpowering seventh inning in the circle.

The two teams will wrap up the series on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.

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