No. 1 Softball Downs Longwood to Claim Tournament Title
March 25, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Easton Alabama Challenge Most Valuable Player Jennifer Fenton laced an RBI triple to right center field, starting a three-run fifth inning that propelled the top-ranked Alabama softball team to a 7-2 victory over Longwood, Sunday afternoon at Rhoads Stadium. The win gave the Tide a perfect 4-0 record on the weekend, improving its overall mark to 30-1 on the year.
Fenton came off the bench to collect two hits, two runs and drive in two while robbing a home run in the seventh inning. Junior Kayla Braud tallied two hits and scored twice while fellow junior Keima Davis also recorded a multi-hit game and scored twice.
Freshman Leslie Jury capped off a great weekend by earning her second win in as many days to improve to 9-1 on the season. The rookie hurler allowed just one hit in 2 2/3 innings of relief of senior Amanda Locke. Jury finished the weekend with two wins and her first career save.
The first hit for the Tide came in a loud way as Davis blasted a moon-shot over the wall in left-center to give Alabama a 1-0 lead in the third inning. UA continued the scoring in the frame when sophomore Jackie Traina blitzed a liner down the line in left to plate Fenton from second.
After falling behind 2-0, Longwood made it interesting by adding a run in the fourth and fifth innings to even the score. The Tide then blew the game open in the fifth, when Braud led the inning off with a single and scored on Fenton's triple. After Courtney Conley and Cassie Reilly-Boccia walked, Jackey Branham singled down the left field line to knock in two runs and extend the lead to 5-2.
UA added two more runs in the sixth inning to pad its lead. Davis doubled down the left field line and advanced to third on a Braud single. Davis scored on a sacrifice-fly by Fenton to make it 6-2. Pinch-hitter Danielle Richard then singled down the left field line to score Braud to provide the final margin of victory.
On top of Fenton being named tournament MVP after batting .545 (6-for-11) with four runs, a home run and a team-best seven RBI on the weekend, Reilly-Boccia, Braud and Branham also earned all-tournament team honors.
Alabama will now head to rival Auburn for a midweek Southeastern Conference doubleheader. The two teams will meet on Tuesday, March 27 with first pitch of game one slated for 4 p.m. Game two will air on ESPNU and start at 7 p.m.