Oct. 21, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team swept Fall Brawl II Saturday with a pair of wins over Anderson University, 4-0 and 9-0. The Crimson Tide only allowed one hit on the day, with sophomore Leslie Jury striking out 20 in game one and junior All-American Jackie Traina tossing a no-hitter in game two.
"I'm proud of the way our battery set the tone for the team in both games today," head coach Patrick Murphy said. "Leslie, Jackie, Jordan (Patterson) and Molly (Fichtner) all had a great day defensively and at the plate."
In game one Jury, a native of Anderson, S.C., gave a dominant performance out of the circle recording all but one out by way of the strikeout. Jury's 20 strikeouts would have been good enough to break the single-game school record of 18 held by current pitching coach Stephanie VanBrakle, however fall records are not counted officially.
Traina picked up where Jury left off, recording eight strikeouts of her own and no-hitting the Trojans.
At the plate the Tide was led by catchers Jordan Patterson and Molly Fichtner, who both recorded two-hit games with runs batted in. Traina and newcomer Haylie McCleney each went two-for-two in the second game of the day.
Four Alabama sluggers will carry a batting average of .600 or higher into Fall Brawl III after a stellar weekend at the plate.
"Fichtner, Bell, McCleney and Braud did a great job leading us at the plate this weekend," Murphy said. "We're excited to see the progression that we have so far this fall."
The Tide will host Tennessee State next Sunday in a doubleheader set to start at 1 p.m. Admission for the day is $5.