Alabama softball recap


April 22: Alabama 5- #8 Florida 0

April 23: #8 Florida 6 - Alabama 5

April 24: #8 Florida 3 - Alabama 2 (9)

ALABAMA (42-7, 16-6 SEC)          

The Alabama softball team dropped its three-game series in Gainesville against Florida this past weekend. The Crimson Tide got off on the right foot by earning a 5-0 win in the series opener, behind a Kelsi Dunne three-hitter. It marked just the second time Florida was shutout on the season. In game two Alabama seized the lead late on a Kayla Braud homer but fell in the bottom of the seventh. Much the same took place in the series finale as the Tide took a 2-0 lead but succumbed to another Gator comeback, this time losing in nine innings to drop the series. Alabama is now in second place in the Southeastern Conference standings, percentage points ahead of Georgia and one game back of Tennessee. On the weekend Alabama batted .154 with three home runs and 10 RBI. The Tide pitched at a 2.86 ERA and struck out 26 batters while holding Florida to a .195 batting average. Dunne led Alabama in the circle with a 2.19 ERA, striking out 19 in 16 innings. Freshman Jackie Traina was tagged with a 4.67 ERA and struck out seven in six innings. Three Tide hitters led the team on the weekend with identical .250 averages. Traina, Amanda Locke and Jazlyn Lunceford each went 2-for-8 from the plate. Locke, Braud and Whitney Larsen all went deep on the weekend. Braud continues to lead the Tide at the plate in 2011 with a .439 average, scoring 56 runs, collecting 69 hits and stealing 45 bases. Traina follows with a .362 average, 13 home runs and 44 RBI. Larsen leads the team with 46 RBI and sports a .328 average with 11 homers. Dunne paces Alabama in the circle with a 21-3 record, a 1.22 ERA and 246 strikeouts. Alabama will play its final non-conference regular season contest of the season as it will host UAB on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Alabama will then welcome Kentucky for a three-game weekend series at Rhoads Stadium, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29.


Wednesday, April 27 vs. UAB 6 p.m. CT

Friday, April 29 vs. Kentucky 6:30 p.m. CT

Saturday, April 30 vs. Kentucky 1:30 p.m. CT

Sunday, May 1 vs. Kentucky 1:30 p.m. CT

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics