No. 3 Softball Sweeps Doubleheader against Mississippi State
April 16, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 3-ranked Alabama softball team earned a doubleheader sweep over Mississippi State in front of a sold out crowd of 3,395, Saturday afternoon at Rhoads Stadium. The Crimson Tide won the first game, 6-2, and grabbed the victory in the Tuscaloosa Toyota Power of Pink Game, 13-3. After the day Alabama moves to 40-5 overall and 14-4 in Southeastern Conference play.
"This was a great day to honor those not just in our softball family but everyone who has been affected by breast cancer," Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. "We strive to be first in everything in the program and to have the first sell out was awesome. Everywhere was filled with people and it was an incredible feeling."
GAME ONE Alabama opened the first game of the doubleheader with a 6-2 victory over Mississippi State. Junior Jazlyn Lunceford came off the bench to hit a grand slam in the sixth off Bulldogs' pitcher Stephanie Becker. Senior Kelsi Dunne improved to 19-2 on the season with the win in the circle. Dunne now stands at 1,104 strikeouts, which is only second to Stephanie VanBrakle in Alabama softball history.
Dunne allowed two runs on three hits and struck out seven while not walking any batters. Dunne refused to give up another hit after the second inning.
After giving up two runs in the top of the first, Alabama responded in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run shot from Whitney Larsen to tie up the game. It was Larsen's 10th home run on the season, 44th of her career.
Bama broke open the tie in the bottom of the sixth when Lunceford came into the game to knock in a grand slam to give the Tide the eventual 6-2 win. It was Lunceford's fifth home run on the year.
GAME TWO Alabama knocked three home runs to rout Mississippi State, 13-3, in game two of the doubleheader. Sophomore Courtney Conley smacked a three-run shot over the wall in right to end the game in the sixth.
After the Tide jumped off to a 2-1 lead, junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia belted a home run over center field for the 3-1 lead. It was Reilly-Boccia's 10th long ball of the season.
In the fourth, freshman Kaila Hunt continued her hot bat during SEC play as she hit a solo shot that hit the scoreboard to give Alabama the 6-1 lead.
The Tide had a huge offensive production in the fifth inning by scoring four runs. To start it off, sophomore Kayla Braud was able to score on an illegal pitch. A few batters later, junior Amanda Locke was able to get a stand-up double and score Hunt and Larsen. Freshman Jackie Traina was able to single up the middle to score Locke. That gave the Tide the 10-3 lead.
Traina picked up the win inside the circle, giving up three runs off seven hits. The right-hander improves to 16-3 on the season.
Alabama will look to sweep the series tomorrow when the Tide and Bulldogs face-off at 1:30 p.m. CDT.