Softball Sweeps Northwestern State in Fall Brawl I
Oct. 20, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team opened up its 2012 fall season with a pair of victories over Northwestern State in Fall Brawl I on Saturday afternoon at Rhoads Stadium. The Crimson Tide knocked off the Lady Demons in game one, 10-4, behind five RBI from senior Kayla Braud. UA then followed up with a 5-0 win in game two.
Alabama opened the day with three runs in the second inning, started when freshman Leona Lefaele drew a walk, advanced on a fielder’s choice and moved to third on freshman Andrea Hawkins’ single. Lafaele scored on a throwing error and Hawkins was plated on Braud’s RBI double. Braud came around to put the Tide up, 3-0, on newcomer Molly Fichtner’s single.
After the Lady Demons tied it up in the top of the third, Kaila Hunt led off the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to retake the lead. After Alabama was able to load the bases with one out, the Tide blew it open with a grand slam from Braud, increasing the lead to 8-3.
Leslie Jury picked up the win for Alabama, throwing a complete game with two strikeouts.
Alabama jumped out with three runs in the second inning, all with two outs. Danae Hays doubled and advanced to third on a Keima Davis single. Both would come around to score on Mcleney’s two-run single. McCleney would come around to score on a Hawkins double, putting the Tide up, 3-0.
The Crimson Tide tacked on a run in the fifth and sixth innings for the final margin. In the fifth inning, McCleney reached on an error and came around to score on a single by Hawkins. Pinch runner Danielle Richard came around to score on a double by Hays in the sixth inning, putting UA up, 5-0.
Traina struck out 10 batters in a complete game effort for the win.
Alabama returns to action on Sunday, with a doubleheader against Anderson at Rhoads Stadium. Game one is scheduled for Noon.