Crimson Tide softball rolling to begin 2014

alabama softballThe sixth-ranked Alabama womens’ softball opened up their 2014 season in spectacular fashion, winning five games to take the Troy Subway Invitational by a combined score of 48-3.

Senior Leslie Jury was named the tournament MVP after pitching two complete-game shutouts where she struck out 15 and scattered four hits over 12 innings of work. Senior Jaclyn Traina also struck out 19 batters over 11 innings of work as the Crimson Tide pitching staff tallied 44 strikeouts to only 11 hits on the weekend.

Alabama won three of their five games by the NCAA run-rule, while not allowing any team more than two hits in an entire game until the finale against Troy(who only managed three).

The Crimson Tide were led offensively by Haylie McCleney and Danae Hays who combined for four home runs and 17 RBI’s on the weekend. Every member of the Crimson Tide softball team recorded at least one hit in the tournament, as Alabama batted .619 as a team, compared to .198 for their opponents.

The Tide will travel to the Hillenbrand Invitational in Tuscon, Arizona this weekend where they will face Grand Canyon, Tennessee State, Arizona, Georgia Tech and New Mexico in a round robin format before hosting the Easton Bama Bash February 21-23 in their first weekend at home.

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