Tide Softball Has It All In Easy Win

The Alabama softball team doesn't need much help from opponents. The Crimson Tide of Coach Patrick Murphy got its expected hitting, pitching, and fielding Wednesday night, and also got help from four Samford errors. The result was an easy Bama win at Rhoads Stadium.

Alabama got one-hit pitching from sophomore Leslie Jury, who pitched a one-hitter in the 11-0, five-inning win over Samford. The Crimson Tide banged out 10 hits, including a home from from sophomore Daniell Richard, who was celebrating her birthday.

Finally, the Bulldogs committed four errors against top-ranked Alabama.

Alabama will continue its homestand when it hosts South Alabama today, the make-up game from what had been scheduled as Bama's home-opener earlier this mlonth. First pitch today is 5 p.m. CST.

Right-hander Jury had a no-hitter until the fifth and final inning in the mercy rule game. She gave up an infield single with one out in the fifth. Jury struck out two and walked one for her third straight shutout and fourth in seven starts.

On offense, the Tide was led by junior Kaila Hunt, who tallied two hits and two RBI. Senior Kayla Braud also collected two hits, scored twice, and drove in one. Junior Jackie Traina banged out two hits and had an RBI. On her birthday, sophomore Danielle Richard hit her second home run of the year and scored twice.

Alabama opened the scoring in the first frame when the Tide plated two runs. Braud started the game off on an infield single and later scored on a double by Hunt. The double was her sixth on the season. Hunt then scored on a shallow hit to center by Traina.

The Tide added three more in the second to take a 5-0 lead. Two scored on an error by the first baseman before Hunt drove in her second of the game on a base hit through the left side. Alabama added two more in the third, both runs walked home. With the bases loaded, the Tide got back-to-back walks from Keima Davis and Braud to score Richard and Chaunsey Bell.

The Tide capped off its scoring with four runs in the fourth. Bama took advantage of another Samford error that scored freshman pinch-runner Andrea Hawkins before Richard unloaded on her second home run in as many games, this one a two-run shot over the wall in left. A double by junior Molly Fichtner scored freshman pinch-runner Kallie Case to plate the 11th and final run for the Tide.

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