March 14, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. - Alabama softball remains undefeated in conference play so far this season, as the Crimson Tide bats came alive against the Ole Miss Rebels in a 10-2 road win Friday night.
Alabama (22-4, 4-0 SEC) scored in all but one inning, moving ahead to an early 4-0 lead and tacking on runs for the remainder of the game. Molly Fichtner continues to produce out of the four-hold, going 3-4 tonight with a pair of RBI and runs scored. Jadyn Spencer's lone hit of the day was a three-run homer, her second of the season, as she tacked on another RBI on a groundout later in the game. Haylie McCleney went 2-3, extending her hitting streak to a career-long 12 games. Jaclyn Traina (8-2) had a great outing in the circle, fanning nine while allowing just two runs, one earned, off three hits and two walks.
Ole Miss (16-11, 1-3 SEC) struggled offensively, with just two runs on three hits. Reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week Carly Hummel (6-4) had a rough outing on the mound, allowing nine runs, seven earned, in 6.0 innings of work.
Alabama built an early lead over Ole Miss in the opening frame, as Molly Fichtner pulled a base hit through the left side to make it 1-0 and Jadyn Spencer followed that at-bat with a big three-run homer, her second of the season, to make it a 4-0 game early.
Ole Miss designated player Madi Osias ended the shutout in the bottom of the second, blasting a solo homer to left-center to make it a 4-1 ballgame. Traina bounced back quickly in the circle, striking out the next three batters to end the inning and limit the damage.
Danielle Richard gave Alabama back its four-run lead in the top of the third, launching a sacrifice fly to deep left field, scoring Kaila Hunt to make it 5-1. The Rebels answered with their own sacrifice fly in the bottom-half of the inning, drawing back within three as Alabama led, 5-2, heading into the fourth inning.
Yet another sacrifice fly, this time by McCleney, made it a 6-2 game in the top of the fourth inning. In the top of the fifth, Chandler Dare entered as a pinch runner and advanced to third off a wild pitch and came home off an RBI groundout by Spencer to make it 7-2.
McCleney padded the Tide's lead in the top of the sixth, blasting a two-out solo homer to center field to make it an 8-2 ballgame. After a leadoff walk to Hunt in the top of the seventh, Hummel's day ended in the circle as left-handed Lauren Lindsey entered for the Rebels. Alabama added some insurance in the seventh, as Fichtner knocked an RBI single into right and Chaunsey Bell hit a sacrifice fly into left field to stretch the lead to 10-2. Ole Miss hit a leadoff double in the seventh but could not get a rally started, as a strikeout by Traina completed Alabama's 10-2 victory.
Game two is set for a 2 p.m. CT first pitch on Saturday, March 15.