Jackie Traina Blanks Jackson State to Open NCAA Play
May 20, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama freshman pitcher Jackie Traina tossed her first career no-hitter to blank Jackson State, 8-0, Friday evening at Rhoads Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improve to 47-8 overall and 21-0 in front of its home crowd.
"I thought Jackie Traina was awesome," Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. "Obviously it's her first NCAA tournament appearance, and she throws a no hitter, nine strike-outs, and no walks. I don't know how much better she can be. I thought we took advantage of our speed and our short game. We put the ball in play enough to get the eight runs."
Traina (18-5) allowed no runs on no-hits in just 56 pitches and was nearly perfect as she struck out nine with an error being the only blemish on the day for the Tide. Alabama banged out five hits with Kayla Braud leading the way with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate.
"A lot of things have just clicked," Traina said of her pitching as of late. "I am just becoming smarter on where you pitch them and how you pitch them and remembering where you pitched them at their previous at bats. I've definitely come a long way in the last month."
Alabama opened the scoring in the first inning as it plated two runs. After back-to-back singles by Braud and Fenton and two prompt stolen bases, Larsen drove in Braud and then Fenton scored as Larsen put herself in a pickle after rounding first.
The Tide broke the game open on a few Lady Tiger errors. Sophomore Courtney Conley was able to score on an error to make it 3-0 and then Fenton and Larsen scored on a wild pitch and an error to make it 5-0 after two innings.
A triple off the bat of Larsen brought Braud home from second and then junior Jazlyn Lunceford singled to left to plate Larsen to increase the lead to 7-0 in the fourth.
Conley capped off the game with a triple off the wall in center to plate freshman Kaila Hunt and give the Tide the 8-0 victory.
Alabama will resume NCAA regional play on Saturday as it will face Memphis, who downed Chattanooga, 4-1, in the first game of regional play. The Tide and Tigers will face off at 1 p.m., at Rhoads Stadium.