March 25, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama junior Jennifer Fenton belted two home runs, including a grand slam and the Crimson Tide used a seven-run fourth inning to down Arkansas, 10-1 Friday night at Rhoads Stadium. With the win, Alabama improves to 31-2 overall and 7-1 in Southeastern Conference action while Arkansas drops to 10-22 on the season and 1-10 in league play.
"It has been a very grueling seven days with seven games and to be able to come home and play a quick game is just what we needed," Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. "The best way to respect your opponent is to play your best and I thought we did that tonight."
Fenton smacked two home runs and drove in six runs for Alabama. Both were career highs for the center fielder. The last time a Tide player hit six RBI in a game was back on Feb. 19, 2010, when Alex Blewitt knocked in six runners against Rhode Island.
Freshman Jackie Traina (13-1) picked up the win for the Tide in the circle. Traina, who was perfect through four innings, allowed just two hits and struck out five of the 14 batters she faced while allowing an unearned run.
Sophomore Hope McLemore was given the loss for the Razorbacks. McLemore allowed three earned runs on five hits and struck out only one batter in two innings.
Junior Amanda Locke was able to break up the scoreless game in the bottom of the second inning as she smacked her fourth home run of the season to give the Tide an early 1-0 lead. It became Locke's fifth career home run against the Razorbacks.
Alabama got a hold of its second long ball of the evening when Fenton hit a two-run shot over the right field wall to increase the Tide's lead, 3-0.
Arkansas broke up the potential shutout in the top of the fourth when freshman Jayme Gee hit a sacrifice fly out into right field. Freshman Ashley Martindale tagged up at third and made it home to cut the Alabama lead, 3-1. Traina was able to hold freshman Jennifer Rambo at third with two outs to end the top half of the inning.
Fenton added to her stellar presentation in the bottom fourth when she hit a grand slam over the center field wall to boost the Tide's command, 7-1.
It didn't seem to bother Alabama that there were two outs up on the board as the Tide tagged on three more runs in the fourth.
Traina doubled down the left field line to score senior Whitney Larsen all the way from first base to give Alabama an 8-1 lead. Sophomore Courtney Conley then hit a double down the left field line to score sophomore Keima Davis and junior Olivia Gibson to make it a 10-1 Crimson Tide advantage.
Sophomore Kayla Braud reached base for the 52nd consecutive game, a streak that dates back to 2010. The old record was 48, held by Kelly Kretschman.
The Tide will look to secure the series victory against Arkansas tomorrow afternoon at Rhoads Stadium with first pitch of game two slated for 12 p.m. CDT. The game will be televised by WVUA with Gary Harris on the call. The start time was moved up due to tomorrow's forecast of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.