The fourth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (32-5, 8-4 SEC) softball team earned a big series win over the ninth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies (28-7, 5-6 SEC) in an Easter weekend series in College Station, Texas. The Tide dropped the first game of the series, but was able to capture the series win with two straight wins on Saturday and Sunday.
In Friday night’s 3-2 loss, Jackie Traina (15-3) went the distance, allowing four hits and three runs including two runs in the bottom of sixth inning. Haylie McCleney and Kaila Hunt each had an RBI for the Crimson Tide and Leona Lafaele finished with one hit and one run. Mel Dumezich (19-5) earned the win for the Aggies, pitching 7.0 innings in a complete game four-hitter.
The Tide would rebound on Saturday and Sunday with improved offensive production. Molly Fichtner led the way for the Tide in the second game of the series. She finished 2-2 with two RBI in the 6-2 Alabama win. Leslie Jury (11-2) earned the win for the Tide in five innings of work. Jury allowed two hits and two earned runs. Jackie Traina provided two innings of relief, allowing only two hits and one walk.
Kayla Braud provided the spark in the series’ rubber match on Sunday. Braud was 3-4 including 2 RBI. Kaila Hunt also drove in one run in the Tide’s 4-1 win. Jackie Traina pitched seven innings allowing only two hits and one earned run.
Texas A&M observed a moment of silence before Saturday’s game in memory of Alabama’s Mal Moore. Alabama players and coaches also wore black ribbons with Mal Moore’s initials in Saturday and Sunday’s games.
— Patrick Murphy (@UACoachMurphy) March 31, 2013
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