Alabama sophomore All-American Jackie Traina threw every pitch of both games to help lead the No. 2 ranked Crimson Tide (32-1, 9-1 SEC) to a doubleheader sweep over rival Auburn (24-11, 3-7 SEC), Tuesday night at Jane B. Moore Field. Alabama downed No. 24 Auburn, 4-2, in game one and capped off the twin-bill with a 5-2 victory in the night cap. The Tide has now downed Auburn in 17 straight games after the pair of victories.
Traina allowed just one hit in the first game and then followed that up, scattering four hits in the night cap. She threw 240 pitches in all, striking out a total of 18 on the night.
Sophomore Kaila Hunt batted .500 on the day with two home runs and a double while senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia also batted .500, hit a home run and walked four times.
Traina nearly recorded her second career no-hitter before a seventh inning, two-out home run by Hilary Mavromat broke up the gem. Traina finished the game allowing two runs – one earned, on one hit, striking out nine and retiring 15 straight batters.
Alabama continued its trend of getting on its opponents early as Reilly-Boccia belted a two-run home run over the wall in right-center to give the Tide a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The home run was the seventh on the season for the senior.
After Auburn scored an unearned run in the bottom of the second, senior Amanda Locke hit a prodigious solo home run into the trees in left field to move the lead to 3-1. Pinch-hitter Ryan Iamurri later singled up the middle in the inning to score Hunt and give the Tide a 4-1 advantage.
After both teams were locked in a pitcher's duel, Alabama broke through with three runs in the fourth inning. Freshman Danae Hays started the scoring with an RBI single up the middle that scored Hunt and then junior Courtney Conley scored on a throwing error. Junior Kayla Braud capped off the scoring in the frame with a double to left-center that scored junior Keima Davis all the way from first.
Hunt increased the lead to 4-0 when she smacked her team-leading 11th home run, this time a solo shot over the wall in right.
The sophomore struck again as she belted another solo shot, this time over the wall in left-center to give the Tide its final 5-2 lead.
Traina allowed two runs on four hits and struck out nine to improve to 19-0 on the season. Alabama banged out eight hits and was led by the three hits from Hunt.