TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama’s second-ranked softball team clinched a big weekend series against top-ranked Georgia on Saturday with a 6-4 win in front of a school-record 3,261 fans at Rhoads Stadium.
“Jackie [Traina] put together a good performance against a very good hitting team and gutted it out,” Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. “Kelsi (Dunne) came in and did a great job. We always want to protect our home turf the best we can. It is a fun place to play.”
The Crimson Tide improved to 28-1 on the season and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play while Georgia dropped to 23-3 and 5-2 in league action.
Jackie Traina earned the win in the circle for the Tide with six-plus innings of work, allowing four runs – three earned — on four hits and seven strikeouts before giving way to Kelsi Dunne with two runners on base and no outs in the top of the seventh inning. Dunne earned the save by recording the final three outs while surrendering one hit.
Morgan Montemayor took the loss for Georgia, giving up six runs on three hits.
Alabama erupted to an early lead as the Tide plated six runs on just three hits in the second inning. Two home runs powered the early Alabama surge.
Courtney Conley continued her home run barrage against the Bulldogs. The sophomore belted a 1-2 pitch well over the scoreboard in left-center field to give the Tide the early 3-0 lead in the second inning.
With two outs in the frame, Whitney Larsen answered on her senior day as she drilled the scoreboard to double the lead to 6-0. The home run was her seventh of the season and moves her into sole possession of third place on the Alabama career home run list with 41.
UGA got a two-run home run from Taylor Schlopy in the third inning and then added a run in the fifth and seventh inning for the final tally.