#2 Alabama softball team beats UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The No. 2 ranked Alabama softball team wrapped up its season opening road trip with an 8-1 victory over UAB, Tuesday evening at the UAB Softball Field. With the victory the Crimson Tide improve to 8-0 on the season while the Blazers drop to 5-6 overall.

Alabama outhit UAB, 8-3, and were led at the plate by freshman Danae Hays, who batted 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Junior Kayla Braud scored two runs, walked three times and stole three bases.

Sophomore Ryan Iamurri got things started for Alabama by driving in the first run of the ball game. With two outs in the top of the second, Iamurri battled and on the 11th pitch of the at bat she lined a single into left field to score junior Courtney Conley. UA added another in the frame when senior Kendall Dawson was able to score on a double steal.

Alabama added three more in the third to move its lead to 5-0. Conley started the inning with an RBI single up the middle to score pinch-runner Keima Davis. Hays then drove in two more in the very next at bat with a single of her own that went up the middle that plated senior Jazlyn Lunceford and Conley.

The Tide continued its scoring ways in the fourth inning when Braud scored on a grounder off the bat of senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia that was mishandled by the Blazer shortstop. UA added one more on the same play when an errant throw by the shortstop in attempt to get senior Jennifer Fenton out at third squirted away from the base to enable Fenton to scamper home to move the lead to 7-0.

Alabama added another run to sport an 8-1 lead by once again being aggressive on the base paths. The speedy duo of Braud and Fenton completed a double steal and on the throw to get Braud at third it trickled away from the shortstop covering the bag to enable Braud to take home.

Sophomore pitcher Jackie Traina improved to 6-0 on the season as she allowed one run on two hits and struck out nine in five innings. Freshman Leslie Jury allowed one hit and struck out one in two innings of relief.

Alabama will begin its home portion of the 2012 schedule when it hosts the Easton Bama Bash, presented by Drash, starting on Friday, Feb. 24. The Tide is scheduled to play five games over the course of the three days, welcoming East Carolina, North Dakota State and SIUE to Rhoads Stadium.