Alabama Softball sweeps Arkansas in SEC match-up
The fourth ranked Alabama Softball team had its fourth SEC sweep of the season this weekend, this time coming against Arkansas. The Crimson Tide shutout the Razorbacks with an eight run rule victory in the sixth inning Friday night, and took back to back victories in a doubleheader on Saturday. The doubleheader was forced due to the weather forecast Sunday.
Friday night was a beautiful showcase of outstanding pitching by Jaclyn Traina (14-2). She threw six strikeouts and only allowed one walk out of 77 pitches for six innings. The masterful display earned her a shutout, her third of the season out of 11 games.
The Crimson Tide had a balanced offense with 7 out of the starting 9 getting a hit. Alabama took the lead in the 2nd 3-0. Soon after in the 3rd , the score doubled to 6-0. Alabama would put the game away in the 6th with a bases loaded walk to win by the 8 run rule. Leona Lafaele and Jadyn Spencer led the offense with three hits each. Lafaela had an especially great night with four RBIs helped by her first triple of her career.
Lafaele said after the game, “Everybody was doing their job tonight. If it wasn’t for them then I wouldn’t have been able to get my hits tonight. We all feed off each other. It was a great team win.”
Alabama’s offense was electric in the first doubleheader game on Saturday. The Tide rolled scoring 12 runs off 11 hits. Alabama took a commanding lead early, leading 8-1 in the bottom of the second. Scoreless in the third, Bama added four more runs in the 4th and took the mercy rule victory in five innings.
Alabama starter Leslie Jury (13-3) threw 5 innings, allowing just one earned run off three hits. For the second-straight game, every batter in the lineup reached base during the game. Lafaele and Danae Hays accounted for six of the Tide’s 12 runs, driving in three each while Hunt was a perfect 3-3 from the plate with two RBI.
Kaila Hunt on improving from Friday night said, “I just tried to be more calm than yesterday. I felt like I was really jumpy at the ball yesterday, and half swinging at it. I just tried to stay in my legs and be simpler and just hit strikes.”
The Crimson Tide secured the sweep stifling Arkansas’s rally in game two on Saturday winning 4-3. The Razorbacks took the early lead but failed to overcome a three point deficit in the last inning as a popfly sealed the deal. Jaclyn Traina (15-2) threw 6.1 innings but came back in the seventh to finish the job. LittleJohn was called into the game as a relief pitcher in the 6th after a double and a walk.
Alabama (35-5, 14-1 SEC) improves its home conference record to 9-0 this season as the Crimson Tide holds onto its top spot in the SEC standings
The Tide is set to host UAB (23-16) on Wednesday at 6 PM.
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