For the Alabama softball team, some things just never seem to change. After an off-season which saw the Crimson Tide lose head coach Patrick Murphy to LSU, only to have him re-join the squad after a change of heart, Alabama opened their season with a four-game sweep in the Mardi Gras Invitational in Mobile. The Tide was led by starting pitcher Jackie Traina, who finished the tournament with a 3-0 record and an ERA of 0.00. The sophomore All-American only allowed 4 hits in the tournament, and struck out 30, including a career-high 16 in a 3-0 over Jacksonville State on Sunday.
Along with the victory over Jacksonville State, the Tide notched an 8-0 victory over Memphis on Friday. A 15-4 win over Lipscomb and a 12-1 victory over South Alabama on Saturday rounded out the Tide's weekend.
Offensively the Tide was led by Amanda Locke and Kaila Hunt. Locke was 7 of 11 at the plate with 2 homeruns and 7 RBI. Not to be outdone, Hunt had 3 homeruns and 5 RBI on 5 of 13 hitting. Courtney Conley, Danielle Richard, and Keima Davis also homered for the Tide over the weekend.
Alabama next travels down the road to Auburn for this weekend's SEC/ACC/Big XII Challenge. The Tide is scheduled to play four games during the tournament.