Murphy wins 700th with Crimson Tide
Bama tramples UMass, Maryland in Easton Alabama Invite
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Top-ranked Alabama swept day two of the Easton Alabama Invite, defeating UMass 8-0 and Maryland 9-1 on Saturday. The two wins gave UA head coach Patrick Murphy his 700th victory while at the helm of the Crimson Tide program.
In Game 1, behind the arm of sophomore Jackie Traina and the bat of senior Jazlyn Lunceford, Alabama run-ruled UMass. Traina improved to 9-0 as she struck out six and allowed three hits in six innings.
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Lunceford drove in three runs, scored three times and ended the game in the sixth inning with a two-run home run.
Alabama (16-0) once again took advantage of free passes as it drew eight walks and was hit by four pitches. The Tide only needed five hits to plate the eight runs.
The two teams were locked in a pitchers' duel until Alabama broke the game open with four runs in the fifth inning after holding a 2-0 lead.
UA opened the scoring with a single run in the second inning when Alabama went to the small ball. Kayla Braud executed the squeeze play with a bunt to the left side of the infield to score Keima Davis from third.
Alabama tacked on one more in the fourth when Traina helped her own cause by hitting an RBI single that plated Lunceford.
In the fourth, the Tide took advantage of the freebies as three of the four runs in the frame came on either a walk or a hit by pitch. Braud finished the scoring with an RBI single.
In Game 2 it was more of the same for Alabama as it took advantage of 12 walks and three hit by pitches to down Maryland. Leslie Jury improved to 5-0 as she allowed one run on six hits and struck out 11 in the complete-game effort.
Jazlyn Lunceford and Kendall Dawson drove in two runs while Cassie Reilly-Boccia walked a school-record four times.
UA raced out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning when Dawson supplied the big hit with her first career triple, scoring on an error and driving in Jackey Branham on the play.
Alabama tacked on one more in the third and added a pair of runs in both the fifth and seventh innings to secure the win.
Chaunsey Bell smacked an RBI double for her first collegiate hit.