Traina Hits, Hurls Alabama Past LSU

On a night when Jennifer Fenton set the NCAA record for consecutive stolen bases without being caught, the second ranked Alabama softball team used strong pitching and hitting from Jackie Traina to knock off No. 21 LSU, 6-0, in front of 3,266 fans at Rhoads Stadium Friday night.

With the win Alabama improved to 36-1 overall and 13-1 in Southeastern Conference play, while LSU fell to 28-9 overall and 10-2 in league action.

Coming into the contest needing one stolen base without getting caught to equal the record, Fenton stole two in the third inning to eclipse the six-year-old record. Fenton finished the game 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk.

Traina equaled a school record with her 24th straight decision dating back to the end of last season to improve to 22-0 on the season. The 22 straight wins to start as season is also a school record. The right-hander earned her first shutout since March 3 on the strength of eight strikeouts while scattering four hits.

Alabama once again put runs on the board in the first inning, this time plating two in the opening frame to take a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Kaila Hunt got the scoring going when she grounded out to the pitcher to score junior Kayla Braud. Fenton then scored after a failed pickoff by the catcher sailed into left field.

Fenton would score again after breaking the record on two straight stolen bases. Hunt tallied her second RBI of the game, this time plating Fenton in the third on another groundout to the pitcher.

Traina helped her own cause and broke the game wide open when she belted a three-run homer over the scoreboard in the sixth inning. The homer was her fifth of the season.

Game two of the series will be tomorrow with first pitch slated for 1:30 p.m. CDT.

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