Tide Closes Perfect Road-trip With 8-1 Win Over Blazers
Coach Patrick Murphy's No. 2 Crimson Tide improved to a perfect 8-0 on the season after defeating the UAB Blazers 8-1 on Tuesday night at the UAB Softball Field Tuesday Night. The win concluded a week and a half road-swing that took the Tide from Mobile, to Auburn, and finally down highway 280 to Birmingham. As had been the case in each of the Tide's first two stops, strong pitching and good hitting helped propel the Tide to victory.
Ptitcher Jackie Traina improved to 6-0 on the young season. The sophomore only allowed one run on two hits in 5 innings of work. Traina fanned 9 of the 20 Blazer players that she faced. Freshman Leslie Jury allowed just one hit and struck out one in two innings of relief work.
The Tide outhit the Blazers, who saw their record fall below .500 to 5-6, by a total of 8-3. Alabama was led at the plate by freshman Danae Hays and junior Kayla Braud. Hays went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI while the All-American Braud was 1 for 1 with a single while also walking 3 times, scoring 2 runs, and stealing 3 bases. The only real blemish on the night for the Tide was the fact that Braud was caught stealing 2nd base in the first inning. It is the only time she's been caught stealing this season, as she is 13 out of 14 on stolen base attempts.
Next up for the Tide is their 14th annual Easton Bama Bash, which the Tide will host in Tuscaloosa at their own Rhoads Stadium. It will be the first time this season for the Tide to play at home. The Tide is scheduled to play East Carolina at 4 pm on Friday, North Dakota State at 6 pm on Friday, East Carolina again on Saturday at 1:30 pm, North Dakota State for a second time on Saturday at 4 pm, and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Sunday at 1:30 pm. All times are Central.