May 5, 2013
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team fought all the way back from a five-run deficit but fell to Kentucky in extra innings, 9-5, Sunday afternoon at Rhoads Stadium. The Crimson Tide finishes the regular season with a 41-12 overall record and a 13-11 Southeastern Conference mark.
Down five with only six outs remaining in the contest, Alabama mounted its comeback, scoring four runs in the sixth to pull within one. Two bases loaded walks, a pitch that hit Kayla Braud and a single from Ryan Iamurri got the Tide back in the contest.
In the seventh the Tide evened the score at five. Keima Davis pinch-ran for Molly Fichtner, who started the inning with a single, moved to second on a passed ball and then got to third on a Kaila Hunt single. The fleet-footed senior then scored on a sac-fly not far off the base at first.
Alabama could not hold on though as Kentucky (38-17, 13-11 SEC) rallied in the eighth for four runs. UA nearly tied it again but a Hunt grand slam attempt was caught at the wall to save the game for the Wildcats.
Iamurri took full advantage of her start as she batted 3-for-5 with a RBI. Braud and Hunt had two hits apiece.
Leslie Jury (15-6) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs on five hits in three innings of relief. Jackie Traina allowed three runs - two earned - on six hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Kelsey Nunley (24-7) went the distance for Kentucky, tossing 188 pitches on the afternoon. Nunley allowed five runs - four earned - on nine hits and struck out six.
Alabama will enter the SEC Tournament as the No. 8 seed and face No. 9 seed Texas A&M on Wednesday, May 8. A start time has yet to be released by the conference.