No. 2 Alabama rocks No. 21 LSU
Crimson Tides’ Fenton breaks NCAA stolen bases record
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- On a night when Jennifer Fenton set the NCAA record for consecutive successful stolen bases, No. 2 Alabama used strong pitching and hitting from Jackie Traina to knock off No. 21 LSU 6-0 on Friday. With the win Alabama improved to 36-1 overall and 13-1 in Southeastern Conference play, while LSU fell to 28-9 overall and 10-2 in league action.
Coming into the contest needing one stolen base to equal the record, Fenton stole her 73rd and 74th bases in the third inning to eclipse the six-year-old record. Fenton finished the game 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk.
Traina equaled a school record with her 24th consecutive decision dating back to the end of last season to improve to 22-0 on the season. The 22 wins to start a season is also a school record. The right-hander earned her first shutout since March 3 on the strength of eight strikeouts while scattering four hits.
Alabama put runs on the board in the first inning, plating two in the opening frame to take a 2-0 lead. Kaila Hunt got the scoring going when she grounded out to the pitcher to score Kayla Braud. Fenton then scored after a failed pickoff by the catcher sailed into left field.
Fenton would score again after breaking the record on two consecutive stolen bases. Hunt tallied her second RBI of the game, this time plating Fenton in the third on another groundout to the pitcher.
Traina helped her own cause and broke the game wide open when she belted a three-run homer over the scoreboard in the sixth inning. The homer was her fifth of the season.