March 28, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama fell behind 1-0 early Friday night but scored nine unanswered runs, including five in the sixth inning, to earn the 9-1 run-rule victory over LSU in the series opener at Rhoads Stadium.
The six-inning victory is just the second run-rule win for Alabama (29-5, 9-1 SEC) so far in conference play, as the bats exploded for seven runs in the final two innings. Three players hit home runs in the seventh inning, including Kaila Hunt with her team-leading ninth of the season. The two RBI on the long ball gives her 200 for her career, making her just the second player in Alabama history to hit the milestone, joining Charlotte Morgan (264, 2007-10) in the prestigious club.
Jaclyn Traina (12-2) celebrated her Senior Night with a complete-game victory, allowing just one run off four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. She has won nine-consecutive games and has allowed just two earned runs over her last three starts.
LSU (19-13, 2-5 SEC) suffers its third-straight loss, with three of its five SEC losses this season coming in less than seven innings. Baylee Corbello (9-5) threw 5.0 innings in the loss, allowing nine runs, eight earned, off eight hits and seven walks.
The Tigers took the first lead of the game, as Kellsi Kloss blasted a one-out solo homer in the top of the second that just cleared the fence to put the Tigers up 1-0. Alabama pulled ahead in the bottom of the third, loading the bases to set up Jadyn Spencer for a two-run single up the middle as the Tide moved ahead 2-1. Alabama padded its lead in the bottom of the fifth, as Andrea Hawkins scored from second off a fielding error and Danae Hays drew a bases-loaded walk to push the score to 4-1.
Alabama ended the game with a huge bottom of the sixth, blasting three home runs en route to a five-run inning. McCleney got things started with a leadoff solo homer to center field, making the score 5-1. Hawkins drew a walk and Hunt cleared the bases, blasting a two-run homer to center field to stretch the lead to 7-1. Jadyn Spencer kept the rally going with a solo homer in the next at-bat, making it an 8-1 ballgame. A walk to Molly Fichtner ended Corbello's outing in the circle, as Kelsee Selman entered to pitch for LSU. A groundout to the pitcher advanced Fichtner to second and an infield single advanced her to third, putting runners at the corners with one out. Peyton Grantham ended the game by dropping a single into shallow right field, scoring Fichtner to make the final score, 9-1.
The series continues tomorrow with first pitch set for 2:05 p.m. CT.