April 25, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The third ranked Alabama softball team used the long ball early and often on Wednesday night, hitting four home runs en route to a 12-0, run-rule victory over in-state rival Troy in front of 2,726 fans at Rhoads Stadium. With the victory, the Crimson Tide improves to 43-4 on the year, while the Trojans fall to 31-17.
On top of the offensive output, freshman pitcher Leslie Jury threw a one-hitter to improve to 11-3 on the year. Jury struck out six Trojan batters in her five innings of work while walking four. The only hit came on a third inning bunt single.
Alabama senior Amanda Locke belted two home runs and drove in three while junior Kayla Braud also chipped in two hits. The Tide outhit the Trojans, 11-1, as nine different players tallied a hit in the winning effort.
As it had done all season long, the Crimson Tide took an early lead with a big first inning. Alabama plated four runs on the strength of back-to-back home runs.
After Braud scored on a wild pitch, Locke hit her 13th home run of the season on a solo shot over the wall in left. Senior Jazlyn Lunceford then followed suit with a solo shot of her own, clearing the wall in center. Senior Kendall Dawson then ripped a double to left-center to score senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia all the way from first.
The home run by Locke was her 49th in her career, which moves her into third place all-time in the Alabama annals. It was her and Lunceford's third straight game with a home run and the second straight contest the Tide had gone back-to-back.
Alabama continued to light up the scoreboard as it added three more runs in the second inning. After Braud scored on an error on a steal attempt at third, Locke smashed her second of the game with a two-run shot in center. It was her fifth home run in her last five games.
The Tide kept scoring, this time plating two runs in the third. Jackey Branham walked and advanced to second on Jennifer Fenton's infield single. Branham came around to score on Braud's single. The Crimson Tide tacked on another run later in the inning when Lunceford hit a sacrifice fly to score Fenton from third to make the score 9-0.
Alabama wasn't done with the long ball though, as freshman pinch-hitter Chaunsey Bell blasted a solo shot over the center field wall to extend the lead to 10-0. Jordan Patterson drew a walk and advanced to second on Ryan Iamurri's pinch hit single. After Jackie Traina drew a walk to load the bases, Keima Davis hit a single up the middle to score two more runs to provide the final margin.
Alabama will continue its Southeastern Conference road trip as it will head to Fayetteville, Ark., to face off against the Arkansas Razorbacks in a three game series. First pitch of the series opener is set for Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m.