May 7, 2011
OXFORD, Miss. - The Alabama softball team seized the lead in the Southeastern Conference standings in convincing fashion as the Crimson Tide downed the Mississippi Rebels, 18-1, Saturday afternoon at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. With the Florida win over Tennessee, Alabama now is in control of its own destiny as it sports a 44-7 overall record and an 18-6 conference mark.
The Tide plated 18 runs on 16 hits with four Alabama players recording multi-hit games. Junior Amanda Locke led the way with a career day, reaching base all five times, going 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBI and three runs scored.
Junior Jazlyn Lunceford batted 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored while sophomore Kayla Braud added three hits and three runs and junior Jennifer Fenton collected two hits, two RBI and three runs scored.
Freshman Jackie Traina (17-4) earned the win in the circle, allowing no runs on three hits while striking out three in three innings. Sophomore Lauren Sewell allowed two hits and an unearned run in two innings of relief.
Alabama again put its foot on the accelerator in the first inning as the Tide plated five runs before even being put out and six in the inning to seize the early lead.
Fenton got things going with a triple to right-center that scored Braud and then with the bases loaded the Tide scored two off of walks and one on a hit-by-pitch before sophomore Courtney Conley hit a sac fly to right that plated junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia.
Alabama doubled its score to 12-0 by plating six more runs in the third inning. After loading the bases once again without recording an out, Fenton and Larsen drew walks and then Locke singled up the middle to score two. Lunceford followed suit with a double down the line in left to score two more to cap off the scoring in the inning.
Alabama stuck to its trend and added six more runs in the fourth inning to push the lead to 18-0. Locke collected her fourth hit of the ballgame and drove in two more runs with a single through the left side and then Lunceford singled up the middle to supply the big hits in the frame. Junior Olivia Gibson added a sac fly to center to score sophomore Keima Davis.
With a win tomorrow Alabama will claim its second straight SEC title. The two teams will meet at 1 p.m., at the Ole Miss Softball Complex with the game slated to air on Fox Sports South with Dave Neal and Cheri Kempf calling the action.