The Alabama softball team bounced back with a 5-2 win over Troy, Tuesday night in front of a record crowd of 1,351 fans at the Troy Softball Complex. The Crimson Tide was able to push across some runs early to secure the win and improve to 38-5 on the season.
Freshman Jackie Traina (15-3) struck out eight and allowed two runs on four hits in six innings to earn the victory. Traina bounced back after allowing two runs in the first to retire 16 in a row before handing the ball off to senior Kelsi Dunne.
Dunne earned her second save of the season on the strength of four strikeouts in one inning. Traina also got the job done at the plate, collecting three hits while scoring a run.
Junior Amanda Locke tallied three hits while the top of the order in sophomore Kayla Braud and junior Jennifer Fenton combined to tally four hits, score two runs and steal five bases.
Alabama opened the scoring in the first inning by putting three runs on the board. Senior Whitney Larsen got things going with a lined shot to right field that was caught but Braud was able to score all the way from second on the sac-fly.
Junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia then belted her ninth home run of the season when she took a two-out pitch over the wall in left-center to plate Traina, who reached on a single up the middle.
After Troy scored two runs in the bottom of the first, Alabama was able to get one back as it increased its lead to 4-2. Fenton was able to wreck havoc on the bases as she reached on a bunt single and then promptly stole second and third in the third inning. She was able to score when the throw sailed into left field on her stolen base attempt at third.
The Tide added an insurance run in the sixth inning when pinch-hitter Jazlyn Lunceford singled up the middle to plate freshman Kaila Hunt from second. Hunt started the inning by drawing a walk and moved over to second on a Locke single.
Alabama will finally return home after a two-week road trip to face Mississippi State in a three-game Southeastern Conference series. The two teams will open the weekend on Friday, April 15, with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m.