May 4, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The Alabama softball team dropped the opening game of its series against Florida, 4-1, Friday night in front of 3,240 fans at Rhoads Stadium. With the loss, Alabama falls to 45-6 overall and 21-5 in the Southeastern Conference, while Florida improves to 44-8 overall and 21-5 in the SEC. The loss deadlocks the two teams into a tie atop the SEC standings.
Florida pitcher Hannah Rogers improved to 26-4 on the season after holding Alabama hitless until the sixth inning, when Jennifer Fentonhit a one-out single through the left side. Rogers allowed one run on three hits and struck out seven.
Jackie Trainadropped to 29-2 for Alabama, giving up four runs - three earned on six hits in her seven innings of work while striking out nine batters.
After Florida scored a first inning unearned run, Alabama tried to battle back. The Tide loaded the bases with two outs, but was turned away by a Rogers strikeout.
Florida managed to score three runs in the top of the seventh, but Alabama tried to come back in the bottom of the frame. Traina led off the inning with an opposite field solo home run, her ninth of the year, but the Tide could not manage anymore offense.
Senior Kendall Dawson was able to officially etch her name in the Alabama record books. The backstop threw out her 40th career would-be base stealer to break a nine year old record of 39, formerly held by Lacy Prejean.
The two teams will return to Rhoads Stadium for game two of the series. The game will air on ESPN2 with first pitch slated for 3 p.m.