Alabama tops No. 15 Oklahoma State
Braud and Lunceford combined for six hits for Crimson Tide
AUBURN, Ala. -- Alabama sophomore pitcher Jackie Traina allowed one run on one hit to help lead No. 2 Alabama to a 3-1 win against No. 15 Oklahoma State, Sunday morning at Jane B. Moore Field. Alabama finished the SEC/ACC/Big XII Challenge 3-0 and moves its season record to 7-0.
Alabama outhit Oklahoma State (4-4) 12-1 and was led at the plate by the duo atop the lineup of Kayla Braud and Jazlyn Lunceford. The top two hitters in the lineup collected three hits apiece with Braud adding two stolen bases.
Junior Courtney Conley added two hits while sophomore Ryan Iamurri collected two hits and scored a run in her first start of the season.
Traina (5-0) only needed 95 pitches to down the 2011 WCWS team. The sophomore struck out seven and walked two while only giving up a solo home run.
Senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia continued her hot hitting on the weekend as she got the Crimson Tide off to a quick start with one swing of the bat in the first inning. The senior lined a solo home run off the scoreboard in left-center for her first on the year to give the Tide the early 1-0 lead.
After Oklahoma State broke up the shutout and perfect game with one swing of the bat in the fourth as Kelsey Anchors hit a solo home run, Alabama responded with two runs in the top of the fifth.
Senior catcher Kendall Dawson recorded her first hit of the season in a big way as she hit a solo shot over the wall in left to have the Tide retake the lead. UA then loaded the bases and sophomore Kaila Hunt increased the lead to the 3-1 advantage with a groundout to third that plated sophomore Ryan Iamurri.
Reilly-Boccia led Alabama against the tournament with a .667 (6-for-9) average, adding a home run and a team-best seven RBI. Braud closely followed with a .600 (6-for-10) clip, scoring four runs and swiping seven bases.
As a team, the Tide hit .379, hit five home runs and outscored its opponents 22-13. UA sported a 1.67 ERA, held opposing batters to a .213 hitting clip and was paced by the two wins by Traina.