Alabama Softball Rolls Over Hogs
Alabama scored five runs in the first, three in the second and used another five-run inning in the fifth to run away from an Arkansas team it has now beaten 31 times in a row.
The Tide was efficient at the plate, scoring the 13 runs on only seven hits. The one-through-six batters each tallied a hit for Alabama as senior Jennifer Fenton paced the team with two hits.
Sophomore pitcher Jackie Traina earned the complete game win as the right-hander improves to 28-1 on the season. Traina allowed six runs on eight hits and struck out eight.
Alabama once again raced out to a big lead as it scored five first inning runs on the strength of loading the bases before recording an out.
Two bases loaded walks started the scoring for the Tide, before a Kaila Hunt sac-fly plated Amanda Locke and then Jazlyn Lunceford was able to score on the play on a throwing error. Cassie Reilly-Boccia capped off the inning with a run on a wild pitch.
Arkansas was able to get some runs back by scoring three in the bottom half of the frame. Jennifer Rambo supplied the big hit for the Razorbacks as she drove in three on a bases loaded double to left field.
Alabama continued to put the pressure on as Locke once again went deep for the Tide, this time blasting a three-run shot over the wall in center to give Alabama a 8-3 lead. The home run was her fifth in the last four games and her 15th on the season.
After Arkansas pulled within two after scoring three runs in the fourth to move the score to 8-6, Alabama answered with another five-spot, to seize the final 13-6 margin.
Much like the first inning, Alabama took advantage of loading the bases with no outs. Hunt recorded a walk and then Hays was hit by a pitch to plate two runs without an out. Courtney Conley then hit a sac-fly to plate pinch runner Keima Davis before Braud hit a two-out, two-run double in left-center.
With the win and the Florida loss, Alabama now holds a one game lead in the SEC standings with five games to play.
The two teams will resume the series on Saturday when they return to Bogle Park for a 1 p.m. first pitch.