Softball season has kicked off and the Alabama Crimson Tide is beginning a campaign for a second national title this weekend in Northern Iowa. They continued that campaign with two more victories, defeating Drake and UW-Green Bay on Saturday. That takes the Tide to 4-0, coming off a sweep of Day 1 at the UNI Dome Tournament.
In game one, the Tide took down Drake 8-2. Redshirt junior Lauren Sewell scored the win for Alabama, her first after suffering an injury in 2012 that made her season a short-lived one. She allowed two runs on six hits and struck out four batters.
Jackie Traina sent two runners and herself home after a strong hit over the left field wall. Haylie McClenney, a freshman from Morris, AL, got her first career home run off an inside-the-park homer that bounced just right for her to touch all the bases.
Game two wasn’t so easy for the Crimson Tide. Their game against UW-Green Bay came down to the final inning. Jackie Traina was called in for relief as Alabama had used all of their three pitchers in the game already. Traina sealed the wound after the Phoenix scored four runs to tie it up in the 6th inning.
Then, in the seventh inning, senior Keima Davis knocked her second home run of the tournement with a two-out, three-run homer to lock the victory in for the Tide 10-7.
Stealing bases was the name of the game for Alabama as they stole eight bases total, four of which came from senior Kayla Braud, who is known for her speed and ability to take bases. Traina earned the win for the Tide, striking out 4 batters in 2-1/3 innings.
Alabama finishes up the tournament today at 10am with a single game against South Dakota State. The game can be heard on 99.1 WDGM in Tuscaloosa or at RollTide.com.
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