March 31, 2011
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The No. 1 ranked Alabama softball team opened its two-week road trip with a 7-1 victory over the College of Charleston, Thursday night at the Patriot Point Sports Complex. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 34-2 on the season while the Cougars fall to 21-13.
It took Alabama four innings to get to Cougar pitcher Alex Datko, but it was junior Jennifer Fenton who got things going. The outfielder collected the first hit of the contest for the Tide in a big way as she hit a solo home run over the tall wall in left for her seventh homer of the season.
The big inning for Alabama came in the fifth when the Tide put four on the board. Sophomore Jackey Branham brought in the first run of the frame with a single up the middle that plated pinch-runner Ryan Iamurri.
Sophomore Keima Davis then provided the power with a lined-shot over the wall in center field for a three-run home run to give the Tide a 5-0 lead.
Alabama increased its cushion to 6-0 when junior Kendall Dawson hit a sac fly to deep right to score sophomore Kayla Braud. Braud started off the inning with an infield single and then promptly stole second and third before being brought home by Dawson.
After the College of Charleston scored its first run of the ballgame, Alabama capped off its day with another run in the seventh. Freshman Jackie Traina clobbered a liner through the left side and to the wall to score Fenton. Fenton reached on an infield single and then stole second and was moved over to third on a groundout by pinch-hitter Jazlyn Lunceford.
Fenton paced Alabama at the plate with a pair of hits and two runs scored. Sophomore Lauren Sewell improved to 5-0 on the season. The right-hander allowed three hits and struck out four in four innings. Traina tossed three innings of relief and allowed one run on one hit while fanning seven.
Alabama will continue play in South Carolina as it will head to Columbia to face the Gamecocks in a three-game Southeastern Conference series. The two teams will get things going on Friday, April 1 at 6 p.m. ET.