Dunne No-Hitter Keys Bama Sweep

The No. 6 Alabama softball team returned home to sweep Kentucky Tuesday evening at the Alabama Softball Complex. The Tide earned a 2-1 victory in game one behind a no-hitter by sophomore Kelsi Dunne. In game two Alabama scored a run in five consecutive innings to down Kentucky 5-3. The pair of victories improve Alabama's record to 35-8 overall and 13-6 in Southeastern Conference play.

"We were able to come home and get two good wins today," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "Kelsi [Dunne] obviously bounced back and threw a stellar game for the no-hitter. We were able to get key runs when we needed them and put pressure on a very good Kentucky team."

Game 1

In seven innings, sophomore hurler Kelsi Dunne gave up no hits, allowed one run, walked three and struck out three batters. Dunne tossed 112 pitches, 74 of which were strikes, to improve to 18-2 on the season. The no-hitter is her third in her career and her first this season.

Alabama was led at the plate by Lauren Parker and Cassandra Reilly-Boccia. Parker hit 2-for-3 with one run scored while Reilly-Boccia also went 2-for-3 with one RBI.

After playing five innings without either team scoring, Kentucky broke the scoreless tie in the top of the sixth when Meagan Aull scored on an attempted pickoff by Tide catcher Ashley Holcombe, giving the Wildcats the 1-0 lead.

In the bottom half of the sixth the Tide responded by posting two runs of their own to take control of the game.

With one out Parker singled to right-center and was brought home when Reilly-Boccia doubled to the left-center field wall. After Charlotte Morgan was intentionally walked and Kelley Montalvo was hit by a pitch, Jazlyn Lunceford came to bat with the bases loaded. Lunceford then grounded to the shortstop, scoring pinch runner Cat Dozier to give Alabama the 2-1 victory.

Rachel Riley pitched six innings for the Wildcats and gave up seven hits, two runs and struck out one batter. With the loss Riley falls to 1-4 on the year.

Game 2

Alabama was led at the plate by Kelley Montalvo and Whitney Larsen. Montalvo went 1-for-2 with one run scored and one RBI. Larsen hit 2-for-3 with one run scored, one RBI and a home run.

Charlotte Morgan picked up the win in the circle for the Tide, giving up seven hits, three runs and striking out four batters in seven innings. With the victory Morgan improves to 10-6 on the season. The slugger also turned in a 2-for-3 performance at the plate with one RBI.

Kentucky stuck first by posting two runs in the top of the first inning with RBI singles by Brittany Cervantes and Natalie Smith.

Alabama knocked one run away from the Wildcats' lead in the bottom half of the first when Charlotte Morgan singled through the right side to score Lauren Parker and pull the Tide to within one.

The Tide evened the score in the bottom of the second with a double off the left-field wall by Ashley Holcombe to score pinch runner Jennifer Fenton and tie the game at 2-2.

Morgan doubled to center to lead off the third inning then Kelley Montalvo doubled to the left-center wall to plate pinch runner Lisa Elizondo to give Alabama the 3-2 advantage.

The Tide kept the scoring going in the bottom half of the fourth inning when Whitney Larsen took the first pitch deep over the left-center wall for her team-leading eighth homerun of the year to put Alabama on top 4-2.

Montalvo walked to lead off the bottom of the fifth then advanced to second on a bunt by Jennifer Fenton. A sacrifice bunt by Ashley Holcombe advanced Montalvo to third then Kellie Eubanks grounded out to third base to plate Montalvo and give the Tide the 5-2 lead.

Kentucky added one more in the top of the seventh with a solo home run by Wildcat catcher Megan Yocke.

Amber Matousek pitched 5 2/3 innings for Kentucky and gave up five runs off eight hits. The loss moves Matousek's record to 8-6 for the season.

Yocke led the Wildcats' efforts at the plate by hitting 4-for-4, scoring two runs and adding one RBI. Smith hit 2-for-3 with one RBI.

The Wildcats fell to 25-18 on the season and 8-13 in SEC play.

Alabama will continue its conference home stand with a three game weekend series against Arkansas. The two teams will meet in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 18 with first pitch scheduled for 2:00 p.m. The series will wrap up on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with the game scheduled to air on Fox Sports.

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