Alabama Softball Pounds Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. – The Alabama softball team opened its weekend series against rival Auburn with a 5-1 victory Friday night at Jane B. Moore Field. The Crimson Tide used the longball to score all five of its runs, with four co ming on the strength of a grand slam by junior Whitney Larsen.



After the win Alabama improves to 25-9 overall and 8-4 in SEC play while Auburn drops to 20-13 and 5-7 in league action.

After two quiet innings the Alabama bats came alive in the third. Sophomore Jennifer Fenton got things going with a base hit through the left side and then newcomer Kayla Braud followed suit with a base hit of her own. After a perfectly executed sac-bunt off the bat of sophomore Cassie Reilly-Boccia and an intentional walk to senior Charlotte Morgan , Whitney Larsen cleared the bases with a grand slam that sailed just left of the Auburn scoreboard to give the Tide an early 4-0 lead.

On the first pitch in the sixth inning sophomore Jazlyn Lunceford turned on an inside pitch and sent it over the fence just inside of the foul pole down the right field line to extend the Alabama lead to 5-0.

Auburn threatened in the sixth and scored a run, loading the bases with no outs. Back-to-back great plays by freshman Courtney Conley at third ended the rally. On two slow dribblers Conley fired home both times to get the outs at the plate. She then ended the inning by catching a pop-up in foul territory.

Junior All-America hurler Kelsi Dunne (13-4) tossed six innings and allowed one run on four hits while striking out seven to earn the win. Locke closed the game with an inning of no-hit relief.

Larsen led the offensive attack for the Tide with three hits, including a grand slam to pace the squad with four RBI. Braud extended her hitting streak to 10 games with two knocks.

The two rivals will square off tomorrow in a doubleheader. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1 p.m. CDT. Both games will be televised on CSS with the first contest slated to be aired live while the second will be tape delayed and shown on Sunday at 3 p.m. The twin-bill will be shown live in its entirety on ESPN360.com.

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