April 1, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama softball team (32-5, 8-4 SEC) will open a 10-game hometand as it welcomes Jacksonville State (19-15, 5-4 OVC) on Tuesday, April 2, with first pitch slated for 6 p.m., at Rhoads Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT
Alabama spent spring break in the state of Texas, going 3-1, including two top-10 wins against No. 9 Texas A&M. UA started the trip with a 6-3 win over Houston and then after dropping the series opener to the Aggies, 3-2, rallied to take games two and three by the scores of 6-2 and 4-1, respectively. The Tide outscored its opponents, 18-9, hit .257 with six home runs while pitching at a 2.07 clip. Opponents only hit .151 against Tide hurlers.
The Last Meeting
February 12, 2012
Traina Mows Down Jacksonville State; Tide Claim 3-0 Win
Alabama sophomore pitcher Jackie Traina allowed just one hit and struck out a career-high 15 batters as the Crimson Tide finished the Mardi Gras Invitational with a 3-0 win over Jacksonville State, Sunday afternoon at Jaguar Field. After the weekend UA starts the season 4-0.
WHO TO WATCH
Alabama senior Kayla Braud led the Tide in Texas with a .429 average, collecting six hits, two RBI and two stolen bases. In the series finale against the Aggies, Braud batted 3-for-4 with a two-run double. Junior Jackie Traina provided the punch with four home runs and six RBI while hitting .308 and slugging 1.231. Traina also went 1-1 in the circle with a 1.87 ERA, striking out 20 in 15 innings while holding opponents to just a .160 average.
SCOUTING JACKSONVILLE STATE
Jacksonville State opens the week with a 19-15 overall record and a 5-4 mark in OVC play. The Gamecocks are coming off a 2-1 week, downing Samford, 7-6, before splitting a doubleheader against Belmont on the weekend. JSU is batting .286 with 24 home runs while outscoring its opponents, 189-130. The Gamecocks sport a 3.19 ERA and have struck out 221 in 228 1/3 innings. Sara Borders leads the team with a .359 average, 37 hits, 13 doubles and five stolen bases while adding six home runs ans 21 RBI. Kalee Tabor has provided the punch with seven home runs and 29 RBI while adding a .317 average. In the circle, Tiffany Harbin is 11-6 with a 2.82 ERA while striking out 168 in 124 innings. Jana McGinnis is in her 20th year at JSU, compiling a 675-384 record.
The two teams have met 15 times with Alabama winning every meeting. The two teams last met on Feb. 12, 2012, with the Tide earning a 3-0 victory in Mobile. Jackie Traina allowed just one hit and struck out 15 while Keima Davis and Danielle Richard went deep. Alabama has not allowed a JSU run in its last five meetings, including three Kelsi Dunne no-hitters.
In the second installment of the RPI, the Alabama softball team checks in at No. 4 overall, improving two spots from the initial rankings that came out last week. Eight Tide opponents reside in the top 25, while three check in at the top 10.
ALABAMA IN THE SEC
The Crimson Tide is ranked third in batting average in the SEC with a .325 as well as runs scored (258) and total bases (511). The Tide has the second highest amount of hits with 322 and third in RBI with 226. Alabama leads the stolen base categories reaching 90-of-97 times. In the circle, the Tide ranks third in batters struck out with 68.
INDIVIDUALLY IN THE SEC
Kayla Braud is first in the SEC with 17 hits and tied for third in runs scored with 11. Braud leads the stolen bases in SEC games with a perfect9-for-9. Kaila Hunt follows her in hits, coming in fourth with 13. Jackie Traina leads the total bases with 26 and in home runs with six and comes in third with batters struck out with 51.
NEXT TIME OUT
Alabama will continue its homestand with a three-game weekend series against SEC newcomer Missouri. The two teams will start the series on Friday, April 5, with first pitch slated for 8 p.m. Both the Friday night contest and the Saturday matinee will be shown on ESPNU.