No. 1 Softball Sweeps Bama Bash Opener
Feb. 23, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The top-ranked Alabama softball team opened the Easton Bama Bash Presented by Drash with two victories Friday at Rhoads Stadium. The Crimson Tide opened its home schedule with a convincing, 21-0 win over Western Illinois and then downed Iowa, 5-0, under the lights in the nightcap. After the pair of victories the Tide improves to a perfect 13-0 on the season.
The top-ranked Alabama softball team opened its home portion of the schedule with a program record, 21-0 victory, over Western Illinois, Friday afternoon. The outing was the largest winning margin in Alabama softball history as well as the most runs scored in a game. Alabama advances to 12-0 while the Leathernecks fall to 2-4 on the season and 0-2 in the Bama Bash tournament.
The offensive onslaught was led by freshman Haylie McCleney, who batted 3-for-3, with six RBI and four runs scored. The rookie was one of three Tide players to go deep in the contest. Junior Kaila Hunt added two hits, including a home run and four RBI while junior Jordan Patterson crushed her first career home run.
Leslie Jury improved to 4-0 after allowing just two hits in the five inning shutout. The sophomore struck out six and only walked one.
Alabama opened its home slate in impressive fashion as three first inning home runs powered the Tide to a nine-run opening frame. Hunt started the power-surge with a three-run homer and then junior Jordan Patterson crushed her first collegiate home run, a three-run shot over the wall in center before McCleney hit a two-run homer to cap off the inning.
The Tide tacked on four more in the second to push its advantage to 13-0. A single to center by Braud started the scoring and then back-to-back doubles by McCleney and Hunt increased the Alabama cushion.
Alabama closed out the game with a big inning in the fifth, putting up eight runs on five hits with six RBI. Sophomores Danielle Richard and Jadyn Spencer both doubled in the frame, adding to the Tide total of 18 RBI. Lauren Sewell got her first hit of the season with an RBI single. McCleney capped off the game with a two-run single.
Alabama continued to keep its opponents off the scoreboard as the Crimson Tide blanked the Iowa Hawkeyes, 5-0, in a wet nightcap, Friday at Rhoads Stadium.
Junior All-American Jackie Traina improved to 7-0 as she struck out six while allowing five hits in the shutout effort.
In the second the Tide broke through with two outs. Davis drove home freshman Kallie Case with a sharp single through the right side.
UA added two more in the third to take a 3-0 lead. Traina laced a hard grounder off the first baseman to score McCleney from second and then pinch-runner Jordan Patterson scored on a dropped fly ball in right off the bat of sophomore Danae Hays.
Alabama made it 4-0 in the fourth when McCleney hit a high sac-fly to right that scored Davis from third.
The Tide wrapped up the game with its fifth and final run of the night. Braud found real estate in center to score Davis from second.
Day two of the Bama Bash will resume on Saturday with a total of four games. Alabama will open the its schedule against Iowa at 1:30 p.m. Winthrop and Iowa will meet at 11 a.m.