May 6, 2011
OXFORD, Miss. - Alabama senior Kelsi Dunne tossed her ninth career no-hitter to lead Alabama to an 8-0 win in the series opener against Mississippi, Friday evening at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. With the win the Crimson Tide claims the SEC Western Division title and improves to 43-7 overall and 17-6 in SEC play.
Dunne (22-3) allowed only one baserunner on the day, hitting a batter while striking out nine and walking none. The game lasted 1:38 as Dunne only threw 67 pitches. The no-hitter was her third of the season as she blanked Jacksonville State and South Carolina previously.
Alabama was paced at the plate by junior Jazlyn Lunceford as the outfielder batted 2-for-2 with three runs scored. Freshman Kaila Hunt and sophomore Courtney Conley each drove in a pair and as a team the Tide swiped seven bases and banged out nine hits.
Alabama got back into the swing of things early as the Tide plated four runs to open the game in the top of the first. Junior Amanda Locke did most of the damage as she blasted a changeup over the wall in left to give Alabama a 3-0 lead. The Tide added one more on a fielder's choice off the bat of Hunt that scored Lunceford from third.
Alabama increased its lead to 5-0 when it plated a single run in the third inning. Hunt tallied her second RBI of the ballgame as she lined a single to left that scored Lunceford from second.
The Tide capped off its scoring when it added three more runs in the fifth inning to extend its lead to 8-0. Junior Kendall Dawson hit a sac fly to center that scored Lunceford and then Conley cleared the bases with a two-run double to right-center that scored pinch-runner Keima Davis and Hunt.
Before the game the Rebel softball team presented a check to Alabama to put towards the UA Acts of Kindness Fund to assist the recovery efforts. The UA Acts of Kindness Fund has been established to support an emergency-assistance program for UA employees and students.
The two teams will meet in game two of the three-game set on Saturday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m., at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.