Locke Is Rewarded For Big Weekend

One had to think, really, that she had a Locke on this week's Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honor. Alabama softball senior Amanda Locke did it at the plate and in the circle for the Crimson Tide in winning two games at Georgia last weekend.

Things were not looking so hot for an Alabama team that had lost to Georgia State in a midweek game and then lost to Georgia in the first game of a three-game series in Athens last Thursday. It was the first time in a while that Bama had been on the wrong side of scores in back-to-back games.

In great part because of Amanda Locke, a designated player and pitcher from Mesquite, Texas, the second-ranked Crimson Tide ship was back on course by the end of the week.

Locke batted .545 (6-for-11) with three runs and six RBI. Locke added a double, a triple and two home runs to slug an incredible 1.364. The senior recorded at least one hit and one RBI in the three games against No. 13 Georgia, and had multi-hit and multi-RBI games in the final two decisions.

On Friday, Locke nearly hit for the cycle as she hit a home run, a triple and a double while adding a walk in a 3-for-3 effort at the plate. She added two runs scored and two RBI.

In the series finale against Georgia, Locke batted 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Additionally, Locke was the winning pitcher in the game. She tossed her longest outing since her freshman season in 2009. The right-hander went 6 2/3 innings with five strikeouts.

Altogether last week, Locke struck out eight in 9 2/3 innings for the week.

With her two home runs over the weekend, Locke is now tied with former Alabama All-America Whitney Larsen for third all-time at The Capstone with 48 career home runs.

Although only 2-2 on the week, Alabama batted .270 with seven home runs and 18 RBI. The Tide posted a 3.63 ERA and struck out 29 in 27 innings pitched while holding the opposition to a .248 average. Alabama equaled its opponents, 19-19, in runs.

Sophomore pitcher Jackie Traina saw her school record 28 straight decisions-with-a-win streak come to an end as she was tagged with her first loss since May 13, 2010, on Thursday at Georgia.

Alabama continues to lead the SEC Western Division with a 19-3 record. Florida is tops in the SEC with an 18-2 mark.

Bama's 42-4 overall record is tied for the second best mark through 46 games in school history with the 2007 team. The 2008 squad posted a 43-3 mark through 46 games.

Alabama's only competition in Rhoads Stadium this week is on Wednesday against Troy with first pitch at 6 p.m. CDT. This weekend, the Tide will be on the road to Fayetteville, where Bama meets the Arkansas Razorbacks in games Friday (7 p.m. CDT), Saturday (1 p.m.), and Sunday (1 p.m.).

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