Walk Off Homer Gives Bama Win

Senior first baseman Cassie Reilly-Boccia broke a tie ballgame in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-run, walk-off home run send No. 2 Alabama to a 7-5 victory over South Carolina in front of a school-record crowd of 3,940 fans at Rhoads Stadium.

Alabama improved to 39-2 overall and 16-2 in Southeastern Conference play. South Carolina fell to 23-22 overall and 3-15 in league action.

Reilly-Boccia hit her eighth home run on the year, and did it in dramatic fashion. After Jazlyn Lunceford drew a walk, Reilly-Boccia lined a 1-1 shot over the wall in right-center to end the game.

Sophomore hurler Jackie Traina came on in relief in the fourth inning, and picked up the win in her school record 27th consecutive decision, dating back to last season. Traina pitched 3 1/3 shutout innings, striking out five. She improved to 25-0 on the year.

After a second inning home run by South Carolina to start the scoring, Alabama responded with four runs in the bottom of the third. Kayla Braud started the rally with an RBI single up the middle to plate Jennifer Fenton and then Kaila Hunt provided the big hit in the inning as she smacked a three-run homer down the line in left. The home run was her 15th on the season.

South Carolina then had an answer of its own as the Gamecocks scored four in the top of the fourth to take a 5-4 lead.

In the sixth Alabama was able to knot the score at five. The Crimson Tide loaded the bases and then freshman Danae Hays took an 11-pitch walk to tie the score.

Alabama will wrap up the series on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1:30 p.m.

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