TUSCALOOSA, AL. – Behind the 100th career victory of senior Kelsi Dunne, the No. 1 ranked Alabama softball team earned a 9-0 victory over Arkansas, Sunday afternoon at Rhoads Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide earn the series sweep and improve to 33-2 overall and 9-1 in Southeastern Conference play.
"With all the games we have been playing it can be really nerve racking," Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. "We have done a great job thus far in not losing our concentration and focus. We need to keep our drive and stay in it mentally as we go forward."
Dunne tossed four innings, scattered three hits and did not allow a run while striking out seven and walking none. Freshman Jackie Traina came in to pitch the final inning and allowed one hit while striking out two batters. Dunne grabs her 16th win of the season, and only trails Shelly Laird in career total wins. Laird holds the record for Alabama with 115 career victories.
Sophomore Kayla Braud paced the Tide at the plate with a pair of hits and two runs scored. Junior Amanda Locke drove in a pair and hit her third home run in the series to lead the power surge for Alabama.
In the third inning the Tide got things going with the small ball as freshman Ryan Iamurri led off the frame with a walk and then sophomore Keima Davis and Braud reached on bunt singles to load the bases.
Senior Whitney Larsen took advantage as she singled through the left side to score Iamurri and Davis. Braud came all the way around after an error by the left fielder to give Alabama the early 3-0 lead.
Locke then hit her third homer of the series as she lined a shot over the wall in right-center to increase the Crimson Tide lead to 5-0.
Alabama continued its scoring ways in the fourth inning when junior Jazlyn Lunceford took a bases loaded walk that plated freshman Jordan Patterson. Larsen increased the lead to 7-0 when she hit a sac-fly to center that scored Iamurri.
The Tide capped off the scoring in the frame when Locke hit a bouncer to short that was not handled and trickled into the outfield to bring home Braud and Lunceford to give Alabama the final 9-0 score.
Arkansas' Kim Jones picked up the loss as she falls to 2-9. Jones gave up six earned runs off six hits. The Razorbacks fall to 10-24 and 1-12 in SEC action.
The Tide outscored the Razorbacks 31-4 this weekend. Dunne went 2-0, giving up only three runs and striking out 16 batters in nine innings. Locke batted 4-for-6 with three home runs, five runs scored and six RBI.
Alabama will hit the road for the next two weeks as it will start its road trip with the College of Charleston. The two teams will meet on Thursday, March 31 at 5 p.m. CT. The Tide will then play a weekend series at South Carolina, beginning on Friday, April 1 at 5 p.m. CT.