March 22, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team gave head coach Patrick Murphy his 800th win in impressive fashion, blanking rival Auburn, 8-0, Friday night at Rhoads Stadium. With the victory, the Crimson Tide improves to 28-3 overall and 5-2 in Southeastern Conference play.
Junior Jackie Traina (13-2) tossed arguably her best game of the season, allowing just three hits and striking out 11 while only walking one. The shutout was her fifth on the year.
Sophomores Jadyn Spencer and Danielle Richard paced the Tide at the plate with two hits apiece. Alabama scored the eight runs on 11 hits and took advantage of four Auburn (20-12, 1-6 SEC) errors.
After three quiet innings the Tide finally broke through in the fourth with three two-out runs. Senior Kayla Braud broke the silence with a single up the middle to score Richard. Sophomore Danae Hays then scored on an error and Braud later crossed the plate on a passed ball.
Traina helped her own cause with an absolute blast over the storage shed well beyond the wall in left for a solo shot to begin the fifth inning to give the Tide a 4-0 lead. The home run was her eighth on the season.
Alabama expanded its lead to 7-0 in a hurry with three quick runs in the sixth. Freshman Haylie McCleney scored on a junior Kaila Hunt single to left-center, then freshman Leona Lafaele blasted a moon-shot down the line in left for a two-run homer, her second on the season.
Spencer ended the game in the sixth with a lined solo shot to give the Tide the run-rule victory. The home run was her second on the season.
The two teams will meet in game two of the series tomorrow with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. The game will air on CSS. After the contest, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will face the Alabama All-Stars, a team comprised of former Crimson Tide stars from football and softball.