Softball Claims FGCU/LaQuinta Inn and Suites Tournament Title

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Kaila Hunt had three hits, scored three times and had four RBI on Sunday.
Kaila Hunt had three hits, scored three times and had four RBI on Sunday.

Feb. 17, 2013

Box Score

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The top-ranked Alabama softball team claimed the FGCU LaQuinta Inn and Suites Tournament title with a 10-1 victory over Southern Illinois, Sunday morning at the FGCU Softball Complex. The Crimson Tide went 5-0 on the weekend and improves to 10-0 on the season.

Alabama junior Kaila Hunt capped off the tournament with a 3-for-3 effort. The Evans, Ga., native scored three times and drove in four. Senior Kayla Braud collected two hits, scored twice and drove in a run while sophomore Danae Hays batted 2-for-2 with two RBI.

Sophomore Leslie Jury improves to 3-0 after allowing one unearned run on four hits. The right-hander struck out six and walked three.

Alabama got things going in the opening frame as Hunt smacked a double off the wall in left to easily score Haylie McCleney. The freshman reached on an infield single, stole second and then moved to third on a throwing error before giving the Tide a 1-0 lead. UA added another in the first when Hays drove in Hunt on a single through the right side.

Hunt came through again for the Tide, expanding the lead to 3-1 in the third. The All-American singled through the left side to score Braud from second. Braud reached on a bunt single and moved into scoring position on a McCleney groundout. Junior transfer Molly Fichtner then made it 4-1 with a single up the middle to plate Hunt.

A five-run fourth inning broke the game wide open for the Tide. After a throwing error scored Danielle Richard all the way from first, the Alabama bats heated up. Braud tripled off the wall in right-center to score Keima Davis and then Hunt continued her hot hitting with a double down the line if left to plate Braud and McCleney. Hays then capped off the scoring in the frame with a single through the left side to score Hunt from second.

The onslaught was concluded in the fifth when freshman Leona Lafaele recorded her first collegiate hit. The California native slugged a double down the line in right to Richard all the way from first.

Alabama will cap off its road-swing to start the season as it will travel to Birmingham to face UAB on Tuesday, Feb. 19, with first pitch slated for 6 p.m.