Traina Hurls, Hits Bama Over Auburn

Eight runs and 800 wins. Those were the numbers at Rhoads Stadium Friday night as the Alabama softball team defeated Auburn, 8-0, giving Crimson Tide Coach Patrick Murphy his 800th win.

Alabama All-America Jackie Traina pitched her best game of the season and on offense contributed a mammoth home run to the Crimson Tide victory. Traina (13-2) allowed just three hits and struck out 11 while issuing only one base on balls. It was her fifth shutout of the year.

Alabama, ranked fourth in the nation in one poll and sixth in another, improved to 28-3, including a 5-2 mark in Southeastern Conference games. Auburn fell to 20-12, only 1-6 in the conference.

Sophomores Jadyn Spencer and Danielle Richard paced the Tide at the plate with two hits apiece. Alabama scored the eight runs on 11 hits and took advantage of four Auburn errors.

The two teams will meet in game two of the three-game series Saturday with first pitch at 1 p.m CDT. The game will be televised by CSS. After the contest, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will face the Alabama All-Stars, a team comprised of former Crimson Tide players from football and softball.

After three quiet Friday evening innings, the Tide broke through in the fourth with three two-out runs. Senior Kayla Braud broke the silence with a single up the middle to score Richard. Sophomore Danae Hays then scored on an error and Braud later crossed the plate on a passed ball.

Traina helped her cause with an long, high blast over the storage shed well beyond the wall in left for a solo shot to begin the fifth inning and give Bama a 4-0 lead. The home run was her eighth on the season.

Alabama expanded its lead to 7-0 with three runs in the sixth. Freshman Haylie McCleney scored on a junior Kaila Hunt single to left-center, and then freshman Leona Lafaele blasted a moon-shot down the line in left for a two-run homer, her second on the season.

Spencer ended the game in the sixth with a lined solo shot to give the Tide the run-rule victory. The home run was her second on the season.

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