Dunne Hurls Tide To Win Over UAB
"I thought Kelsi (Dunne) did a pretty good job today," Alabama Coach Patrick Murphy said. "We just put the ball in play early on and were able to take advantage of a couple of their mistakes before we hit those home runs. I think UAB has a great opportunity to make a regional."
The Crimson Tide needed only five hits to plate six runs on the strength of three home runs to down the visiting Blazers. Junior Kelsi Dunn improved to 11-4 on the season by tossing five innings and allowing one run on three hits while striking out eight.
Alabama opened the scoring in the first without collecting a hit. Freshman Kayla Braud got the Tide rolling like she has so many times this season. After drawing a leadoff walk and then stealing a base, Braud was moved over to third on a throwing error by the UAB shortstop. Senior Alex Blewitt then hit a grounder to short that plated the freshman from third.
Sophomore Amanda Locke got the Tide going in the second frame with a solo shot over the centerfield fence to extend the Alabama lead to 2-0. Braud made it a three-run lead for Alabama after she drilled a sacrifice fly to center that scored sophomore Kendall Dawson from third. The Tide took advantage of a Blazer miscue when Morgan grounded to short but the throw found its way into the UAB dugout to score sophomore Cassie Reilly-Boccia.
After UAB was able to plate a run Alabama answered right back. Dawson led off the bottom half of the fourth with a blast over the left field wall to make the Tide lead 5-1.
In the fifth Alabama struck again with the long ball this time it was off the bat of junior Whitney Larsen. The shortstop smashed a deep drive to centerfield that made the Tide lead 6-1.
Locke came in to close the door on the Blazers, pitching two innings and allowing one unearned run on two hits while fanning three.
Alabama will now host SEC rival Florida in a weekend series. The two teams will meet in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. The first game of the twin-bill will be televised on ESPN2. Sunday's contest will begin at 1:30 and be aired on ESPNU.
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