Softball Hosts Two Midweek Games this Week



April 8, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team (35-6, 10-5 SEC) will continue its homestand, hosting Mississippi Valley State (13-23,  3-2 SWAC) and UAB (24-8, 11-1 C-USA) in single midweek games on Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 10, respectively. Both games are slated for a 6 p.m., start times.

The No. 4 ranked Alabama softball team grabbed two games in the three game series against SEC newcomer Missouri over the weekend. Alabama started the series strong, getting an early lead in game one, with four runs on seven hits within the first three innings. Junior Molly Fichtner led the offensive attack with a 3-for-3 night with a run and a RBI. Junior Kaila Hunt batted 2-for-2 while senior Courtney Conley drove in two. The Tigers came back with in game two, scoring nine runs on 10 hits with three of the runs unearned. Alabama remained scoreless until the seventh, putting up four runs with Hunt getting the bats going with a two run homer. Bama responded with a run-rule, 14-6, win to take the series on Sunday. Fichtner led the bats again, going 3-for-3 with two runs and four RBI, including her first homer of the season. Senior Kayla Braud and freshman Haylie McCleney added two hits apiece. Junior Jackie Traina (17-3) allowed six runs - five earned while striking out five.

The Last Meeting
Mississippi Valley State1
April 13, 2010
Itta Bena, Miss.
Softball Downs Mississippi Valley State, 6-1
The Alabama softball team scored five runs in the first two innings and added another in the fourth to earn a 6-1 victory over Mississippi Valley State Tuesday evening at the MVSU Softball Complex. With the win the Crimson Tide improves to 32-9 on the season while the Devilettes drop to 18-21 on the year.

The Last Meeting
February 19, 2013
Birmingham, Ala.
Top-Ranked Softball Downs UAB, 8-4
The top-ranked Alabama softball team downed instate foe UAB, 8-4, Tuesday night in cold conditions at the UAB Softball Field. With the win, the Crimson Tide concludes its 11-game opening season road-trip with a perfect 11-0 record.

Junior Molly Fichtner headed the offensive onslaught in the Missouri series, going 7-for-8 (.875) at the plate with five RBI and four runs, including her first home run of the season en route to being named the SEC Player of the Week.  Junior Kaila Hunt batted 4-for-8 with four RBI and four runs. Junior Jackie Traina led the weekend in the battle of the pitchers, with a 3.23 ERA, throwing 13 innings with 11 strikeouts and allowing six earned runs on 13 hits.

The Delta Devilettes come into Tuesday’s game with a 13-23 overall record and a 3-2 SWAC record. MVSU is led at the plate by senior Alex Robertson who is sporting a .436 average with 11 home runs and 39 RBI. The senior also leads the team with 51 hits, and 31 runs. Toeing the rubber for the Delta Devilettes is senior Alicia Lorenz (6-12) with a 4.59 ERA. In 111 2/3 innings she has struck out 131 batters and allowed 69 runs on 104 hits.

The Blazers tout a 24-8, 11-1 C-USA, record led by freshman Caitlin Attfield with a .343 average, 35 hits and 21 runs. Attfield also leads in stolen bases, swiping 18-of-22 attempts. Senior Lauren Webster (8-2) and junior Leigh Streetman (9-4) share responsibility in the circle for the Blazers. Webster sports a 1.16 ERA and has struck out 111 batters in 66 1/3 innings. Streetman, with a 2.33 ERA, has struck out 78 batters in 69 innings. Head coach Marla Townsend is in her 14th season and sports a 404-85 career record.

Mississippi Valley State:
Alabama holds an 8-0 lead in the series over MVSU with the last victory coming April 13, 2010 in Itta Benna, Miss. The Tide took the 6-1 decision with freshman Kayla Braud leading with two hits, an RBI and two runs.

UAB: Alabama leads the series with instate foe UAB, 13-0. Earlier this season, the Tide ventured to Birmingham to face the Blazers on UAB ground. It resulted in an 8-4 decision for Alabama. Freshman Haylie McCleney led the Tide with three hits and two runs, while junior Kaila Hunt added two hits, including her fifth home run of the season. Dominating the circle for the Tide, junior Jackie Traina pitched all seven innings, striking out nine and allowing four runs on five hits. On the other side of the plate, Traina drove in four runs for Bama, including a three run home run.

Against what was the NCAA leader in ERA entering the weekend Chelsea Thomas, Alabama junior catcher Molly Fichtner batted 7-for-8 (.875) with three runs, a home run and five RBIs. The home run was her first as a member of the Crimson Tide. In the series opener against Missouri, Fichtner batted 3-for-3 with a RBI. In game two she batted 1-for-2 before having a career day in the series finale. The junior batted 3-for-3 with two runs, four RBIs and her first Alabama home run. Fichtner added two walks last week for an .818 on base percentage and slugged 1.111.

In the third installment of the RPI, the Alabama softball team checks in at No. 5 overall, moving back one spot from last week. Eight Tide opponents reside in the top 25, while two check in at the top 10.

The Alabama freshman duo of Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) and Andrea Hawkins (Bay City, Texas) were among 17 athletes that have been selected for the 2013 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team (JWNT), the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced. The team will compete in preparation exhibition games in Glenville, West Virginia on June 24 before heading to the International Softball Federation (ISF) X Jr. Women's World Championship (19-and-under), July 1-7, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

Alabama outfielder Kayla Braud (Eugene, Ore.) was named one of 10 NCAA® softball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field as finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate softball, the organization announced. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Women's College World Series® in Oklahoma City May 30 through June 5.

Alabama senior Kayla Braud (Eugene, Ore.) was one of 28 Southeastern Conference student-athletes - one male and one female from each of the SEC's 14 institutions - to have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award, it was announced by the conference office. Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion, provides the league's male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 26 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship. The recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Awards will be revealed on April 5.

Alabama is ranked fourth in the SEC in batting average with a .328, third in runs with 291, first in hits with 360 and is tied for fifth in home runs with 46. The Tide is ranked first in stolen bases and attempts going 100-for-108 so far this season. Alabama is fifth in team ERA with a 2.00.

Freshman Haylie McCleney leads the SEC in batting with a .469. She also ranks first in hits (61), second in runs (47) and fifth in stolen bases (24-24). Senior Kayla Braud comes in third on the batting average list with .429 and fourth in hits with 54. Braud is first in stolen bases reaching 34-of-36 attempts. Junior Kaila Hunt is tied for second in the SEC in RBI with 44 and fourth in total bases with 89. Junior Jackie Traina is tied for first in home runs with 13 and fourth in the circle for strikeouts with 161.

The Alabama softball radio broadcasts will make the move to the Crimson Tide Sports Network in 2013. Chad Haynie, entering his fourth year broadcasting UA softball, will provide play-by-play coverage. The flagship station for softball in Tuscaloosa will be 99.1 WDGM. Fans can listen worldwide at or on any iPhone or Android device with the radioPup app. Links will also be available on

After a weekend break from play, the Tide will return to Rhoads Stadium to face Southern Miss in a non-conference match, April 16, before wrapping up the 10-game homestand with a three game series against Mississippi State, April 19-21.