Courtney Conley drove in two runs.
Alabama Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 4 Alabama tagged the NCAA leader in ERA, Chelsea Thomas, for four runs en route to a 4-1 victory against No. 7 Missouri on Friday night at Rhoads Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improved to 34-5 overall and 9-4 in Southeastern Conference play.

Alabama scored the four runs on seven hits and used a stellar pitching performance from All-American Jackie Traina to down Missouri. Traina allowed one run on five hits and struck out six in the winning effort.

Thomas (13-2) took the loss after allowing all four runs on seven hits while striking out six. Missouri fell to 22-3 overall and 7-2 in the SEC.

Junior Molly Fichtner led the offensive attack with a 3-for-3 night with a run and an RBI. Junior Kaila Hunt batted 2-for-2 while senior Courtney Conley drove in two.

With two outs and a full count in the second inning, the Tide opened the scoring with two runs on one swing of the bat. Conley drilled a double to deep left-center to plate Fichtner and sophomore Danae Hays to take a 2-0 lead.

Alabama extended its lead to 4-0 with two runs in the third. Senior Kayla Braud was able to beat out a throw at the plate on a Traina chopper to third. Fichtner then singled to left to score Hunt.

Missouri put up its only run of the night in the top of the seventh with an RBI single from first baseman Kelsea Roth.

The two teams will meet for game two of the series on Saturday.