No. 1 Softball Concludes Homestand with Samford



March 6, 2012

Game 18 | No. 1/2 Alabama (17-0, 0-0 SEC) vs. Samford (4-12, 0-0 SoCon)

Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m. CT

Location Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Rhoads Stadium (3,395)
Tickets Brickyard General Admission | $5
Television WVUAtv [Tape Delayed] | (Chad Haynie & Whitney Larsen)
Radio Stream | WVUA 90.7 FM | Paden Lapwing
Live Stats GameTracker
Game Notes Alabama Notes Get Acrobat Reader | Samford Notes Get Acrobat Reader
Video Stream TideTV
Series Record 17-2 | Last Meeting, UA 8 - SU 0 (5) | Feb. 11, 2011
Promotions 2012 Promotional Schedule

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The top ranked Alabama softball team looks to continue its perfect start to the 2012 season when it welcomes instate foe Samford University to Rhoads Stadium on Wednesday, March 7, with first pitch at 6 p.m. The Tide enters the game with a perfect 17-0 record, tied for the third best start in school history, tying last season and the 2008 team.

The No.1-ranked Alabama softball team continued its winning ways, going 4-0 on the weekend as it won its second straight home tournament, winning the Easton Alabama Invite title. UA downed Maryland twice (19-1, 9-1), UMass (8-0) and UAB, 4-1. Alabama outscored its opponents 40-3 on the weekend, sported a .341 average, hit seven home runs, while recording a 0.56 ERA. Opponents could only muster a .196 average against the Tide and was tagged for a 12.04 ERA. Individually Jackie Traina was named the tournament MVP as she earned three wins in the circle and batted .600 (3-for-5) with two runs scored and three RBI. Sophomore Ryan Iamurri, freshman Danielle Richard and senior Amanda Locke were also named to the all-tournament team, combining for three home runs and eight runs batted in on the weekend.

Sophomore Jackie Traina proved to be a vital component to the success of the Crimson Tide this weekend in multiple facets on the diamond. Traina paced Alabama in the circle and at the plate, leading the Tide to a perfect 4-0 weekend and MVP honors at the Easton Alabama Invite. At the plate the Naples, Fla., native batted .600 (3-for-5) with two runs scored and three RBI while also earning three wins in the circle. Traina posted an unblemished 0.00 ERA while allowing just five hits in 12 innings and adding 15 strikeouts. Opposing hitters could only muster a .122 average against the right-hander, as she earned two wins as a starter and one in relief.

The Bulldogs enter the game with a 4-12 record after going 1-3 in Starkville, Miss., at the Mississippi State Tournament. Samford opened the tournament with a victory via run rule, knocking off Columbia, 13-1, in five innings. Louisiana Tech defeated the Bulldogs, 8-2, in their second game, and they followed that up with a 5-4 loss to Eastern Illinois in eight innings. In the tournament finale, the Bulldogs lost to host Mississippi State, 11-5. Senior pitcher/infielder Robyn Harmon was named to the All-Tournament team after going 4-for-10 from the plate with a double, a home run, four runs, two RBI and two walks. Samford is led at the plate by freshman pitcher/infielder Shelby Scott, who is hitting .400 (12-for-30) with a home run and three runs batted in. Freshman infielder Abby Adams leads the team with three home runs and has knocked in seven runs on the season. Junior pitcher Misha Aldridge has gone 2-for-6, striking out 28 in 60 innings with a 2.33 ERA. Harmon has gone 2-5 on the year with 15 strikeouts in 42.1 innings of work. The Bulldogs are led by first year head coach and former Alabama captain Mandy Burford.

This will be the 20th matchup between the two instate schools, with Alabama holding a 17-2 advantage. The Tide won last season’s matchup, 8-0, in five innings, which happened to be both school’s season opener. Jackie Traina pitched a complete game shutout in addition to hitting her first collegiate home run, a two-run shot. Jennifer Fenton hit a two-run homer, as did Whitney Larsen, and Cassie Reilly-Boccia added a solo shot.

Alabama is tied for first in batting average with a .359 (156-for-434) average. The Tide leads the league in walks (91) and doubles (34). They are second in home runs (25) and stolen bases (45). As a pitching staff, UA is third in ERA (1.48) and fifth in strikeouts (125).

Kayla Braud is tied for seventh in batting average with a .450 average (18-for-40).  Amanda Locke is tenth with a .436 average (17-for-39).  Jazlyn Lunceford is tied for third with six doubles, while Kaila Hunt is tied for fourth with six home runs on the season. Braud also leads the league in stolen bases with 17. In the circle, Jackie Traina is tied for first with 10 wins, posting the fifth best ERA in the league (1.04). She is second in strikeouts, with 80 in 54 innings of work.

Alabama will open SEC play this weekend with a three game series in Lexington, Ky., against the University of Kentucky. The Tide will open the series with a 5 p.m., game on Friday, March 9. UA will play at noon on Saturday and Sunday to complete the series.