Alabama Softball Trounces Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. – The second ranked Alabama softball team powered its way to a convincing 8-3 win to even the series against No. 13 Georgia, Friday night at Jack Turner Stadium. With the win the Crimson Tide improve to 41-4 overall and 18-3 in Southeastern Conference play. Georgia falls to 35-11 on the season and moves to 13-8 in league action.

After falling behind, Alabama scored six unanswered runs, helped by three home runs. Georgia had taken an early 3-2 lead before the Crimson Tide banged out 12 hits in its comeback.

The critical SEC series is now even at 1-1. The teams will close out the three-game series Saturday with first pitch at 2:30 EDT (1:30 central time) at Jack Turner Stadium.

Alabama was led Friday by senior Amanda Locke with a perfect 3-for-3 night -- a double, a triple, and a home run.

Sophomore pitcher Jackie Traina was hit early but shut the door in the later innings as she allowed three runs on five hits while striking out five. The right-hander allowed only one hit after the second inning as she rebounded from Thursday's game in which she suffered her first loss of the season.

Alabama opened the game with two two-out runs in the first inning. Sophomore Kaila Hunt belted a liner off Georgia pitcher Morgan Montemayor to score senior Jennifer Fenton from third. Locke followed with her first career triple, scoring Hunt from first.

Georgia answered in the bottom half though as the Bulldogs hit two solo home runs. Tess Sito hit a home run over the wall in left-center and then Paige Wilson hit a liner over the wall in right-center to even the score.

UGA pushed across a single run in the second to take a 3-2 lead. Anna Swofford scored on an Ashley Pauly bloop single to left.

Alabama retook the lead for good when the Tide scored two runs in the fourth. Junior Courtney Conley provided the big hit with a two-run single through the left side that scored senior Jazlyn Lunceford and freshman Danae Hays.

Junior Jackey Branham kept the momentum going as she hit a leadoff home run on a 3-2 count to start off the fifth and expand the Tide lead to 5-3.

Lunceford continued the power surge for Alabama as she crushed the first pitch she saw over the wall in left for a two-run home run to plate Locke and move the lead to 7-3.

Locke drilled the third Bama home run on the night as she smacked a 3-2 pitch over the scoreboard in left to give Alabama an 8-3 lead in the sixth.

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