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Bama softball champs of Hibbett/Easton All-Alabama Classic

RESULTS

Feb. 11: Alabama 8 – Samford 0 (5)

Feb. 12: Alabama 18 – Alabama A&M 0 (5)

Feb. 12: Alabama 6 – Jacksonville State 0  

Feb. 13: Alabama 6 – South Alabama 0

Feb, 13: Alabama 9 – Troy 1 (6)

ALABAMA (5-0, 0-0 SEC)              

The No. 3 Alabama softball team opened its 2011 campaign in impressive fashion as it claimed the inaugural Hibbett/Easton All-Alabama Classic team championship. The Crimson Tide blitzed through the competition as it out-scored its opponents 47-1 over the five-game span. The one run was unearned. As a team, Alabama batted .423 and held its opponents to a .113 clip at the plate. In the circle, the Tide sported a perfect 0.00 ERA and smacked around opposing pitchers for an 11.01 ERA. Individually, junior Jennifer Fenton was one of several Tide players to get off to a hot start. The Kennesaw, Ga., native batted .556 (10-for-18) with a team-best 11 RBI and two home runs. Sophomore Kayla Braud set the table atop the lineup all weekend long as she batted a team-best .667 (8-for-12), scored 10 runs, drew five walks and swiped 12 bags. Freshman Jackie Traina proved to be a two-way threat as she earned two wins in the circle and batted .500 (6-for-12) with a home run and five RBI. Senior Kelsi Dunne could not have gotten her season off to a better start as she tossed her seventh career no-hitter by blanking Jacksonville State. The no-hitter was her third against the Gamecocks and the 19th in school history. For the weekend, Dunne allowed just three hits and struck out 20 in 13 innings pitched while sporting a perfect 0.00 ERA.  Alabama will open the home portion of its 2011 season when it hosts the Bama Bash. The Crimson Tide will welcome Syracuse, Louisville and UT-San Antonio to Rhoads Stadium for the three-day, weekend tournament, which will start on Friday, Feb. 18.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK CANDIDATE

Jennifer Fenton
Junior
Outfield
Kennesaw, Ga.

Junior outfielder Jennifer Fenton got off to a torrid start in 2011. Fenton was named to the Hibbett Sports/Easton All-Alabama Classic all-tournament team. From the no. 2 spot in the lineup Fenton collected 11 RBI over the five-game span and led the team with a pair of home runs. The Kennesaw, Ga., native collected a hit in each ball game and a RBI in all but one contest. She also swiped four bases and scored a run in every game but one. Fenton hit .556 (10-for18), scored seven runs and also smacked a double and a triple. She also racked up 19 total bases and slugged 1.056.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK CANDIDATE

Jackie Traina
Freshman
P/DP
Naples, Fla.

Traina made her well anticipated start to her collegiate career and did not disappoint. In her first game in a Crimson Tide uniform the Naples, Fla., native tossed a five inning shutout and belted her first career home run on just the third collegiate pitch she had ever faced. Traina went on to earn another win in the circle and finish the Hibbett/Easton All-Alabama Classic with a .500 average and five RBI. The newcomer struck out nine in her second contest of the season as she blanked South Alabama for six innings.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK CANDIDATE

Kelsi Dunne
Senior
P
Port Orange, Fla.

Senior Kelsi Dunne set the tone to open the 2011 season as she pitched a no-hitter in her season debut. The no-hitter was her seventh on her career and her third in a row against Jacksonville State. The righthander struck out 11 in the contest. Overall Dunne finished 2-0 in the tournament, struck out 20 in 13 innings pitched and held her opponents to a meager .071 batting average.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Bama Bash – Rhoads Stadium)

Friday, Feb. 18 vs. Louisville – 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 18 vs. UT-San Antonio – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 19 vs. Syracuse – 1 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 19 vs. TBD – 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 20 vs. TBD – 1 p.m.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics

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