Jadyn Spencer Has Been On Hot Streak
Alabama (32-5 overall and leading the SEC with an 11-1 conference record) plays its fifth league series of the season, welcoming the Arkansas Razorbacks (24-12, 2-7 SEC) to Rhoads Stadium. Game one is set for an 8 p.m. CDT Friday, and the game will be aired on ESPNU. Game two will be on Saturday at 2 p.m. and the series finale will be on Sunday at 2 p.m., aired live on ESPN.
Alabama Junior outfielder Jadyn Spencer owns the longest active hitting streak on the team, hitting safely in eight-straight games. The streak is a career-best for the Waterloo, Iowa native and raised her season average 65 points, from .300 prior to the Florida series to .365 following this week's game against South Alabama. During that eight-game stretch, she leads the team with a .520 average, 13 hits, two doubles, three home runs and seven RBI. She earned two hits in five of those eight games, giving her eight multi-hit games this season after earning just seven in her first two seasons combined. Her eight multi-hit games this season is tied for second on the team with Kaila Hunt, as the pair trail Haylie McCleney's 16 multi-hit games.
The Razorbacks come into the weekend after breaking a four-game losing streak with a 9-0 victory in their midweek game against Missouri State. Arkansas jumped ahead to an early 6-0 lead and put it way out of reach with homers by senior Amanda Geile and junior Devon Wallace, marking the team's fourth-straight game with at least two home runs.
The Razorbacks have yet to win an SEC series this season, though they avoided sweeps against Tennessee and Ole Miss with a win in each series.
At the plate, Arkansas leads the SEC with a .335 average led by senior Clarisa Navarro at .389 (42-108) with a team-leading 32 RBI. Wallace leads the team with 10 home runs and opponents have pitched to her accordingly, as she has drawn an SEC-leading 43 walks.
The Razorbacks have had to dig deep into their bullpen this season, throwing seven different pitchers. Freshman Grace Moll (8-4, 3.13 ERA) has seen the most time in the circle with 78.1 innings pitched over 22 appearances and 14 starts.
Alabama has made a habit of jumping ahead of teams early this season, as the fast starts have thrown plenty of opponents off balance. The Tide is 28-0 when scoring before its opponent and 20-0 when scoring in the first inning. Of the 259 runs Alabama has scored this season, 51 of those have come in the first inning, the most of any inning. Alabama has scored 141 of its 256 runs (55.1 percent) in the first three innings and is outscoring its opponents in the opening three innings 141-37. When leading off an inning, Alabama is hitting .491 (113-230) and is also hitting .585 (62-106) with a runner on third and less than two outs. Haylie McCleney has hit out of the leadoff spot in all but one game this season, leading the SEC and ranking second nationally with a .623 on-base percentage.
Alabama holds a 47-8 advantage in the all-time series, only losing once to the Razorbacks since 2002. That defeat came in 2012 during the most-recent series between the two teams. The teams split the opening two games, setting up an important Sunday game for Jaclyn Traina, who threw a complete game in the circle and helped her own cause with a two-run homer as the Tide went on to win, 5-1. The two teams have met five times in the SEC Tournament, with Alabama winning four.
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