The Alabama softball team outscored it's opponents 33-12 this weekend en route to claiming their own tournament, the Easton Bama Bash. The Tide pitchers had a combined ERA of 2.33, with a huge boost coming in Sunday's 8-0 victory over Southern Illinois University-Evansville. Coach Patrick Murphy was pleased with his team and their performance this weekend, especially Sunday's game, which saw the Tide put up 7 runs in the first inning.
“Whenever you can get a shutout in softball in 2012 it’s a great day,” Murphy said. “The defense played great and the first inning was awesome. To come out and go through the order and put seven runs up, you have to feel good about it.”
The Tide continued to get strong pitching from Jackie Traina on the weekend. The sophomore All-American had a staggering 13 strikeouts in Saturday's 3-2 victory over North Dakota State. The win helped her improve her record to 7-0 on the season. Lauren Sewell also had a strong weekend on the mound for the Tide. The junior pitched a total of 11 innings while giving up a combined 4 hits, 2 runs, and striking out 6. She picked up a 4-2 win over East Carolina on Friday night and the 8-0 shutout on Sunday.
Offensively, the Tide had 4 girls make the all-tournament team, including freshman Danae Hays, sophomore Kaila Hunt, junior Kayla Braud, and senior Amanda Locke. Hunt, who had a huge 3-run homer in the Tide's 7 run first inning on Sunday, was named the tournament MVP.
Next up for the Tide is this weekend's Easton Alabama Invite, which will be hosted once again at Rhoads Stadium. The Tide will welcome Maryland, UMass, and UAB to Tuscaloosa, with Alabama and Maryland opening the tournament with a Friday night contest.