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February 19, 2013

SOFTBALL: Alabama doubles up UAB

BIRMINGHAM | The top-ranked University of Alabama softball team downed UAB, 8-4, Tuesday night in cold conditions at the UAB Softball Field. The Crimson Tide concludes its 11-game road trip with a perfect 11-0 record.

The Crimson Tide banged out eight hits and was led offensively by freshman Haylie McCleney, who recorded her fifth three-hit game on the year. Senior Kaila Hunt was 2-for-3 with her fifth home run of the season while junior Jackie Traina also had two hits and a home run.

Traina pitched all seven innings to get the win, putting her at 6-0 on the season. She struck out nine and allowed four runs on five hits.

Alabama opened the scoring in the first inning as Traina hit a three-run home run that scored senior Kayla Braud and McCleney. They had started the game with back-to-back infield singles.

The Tide tacked on more in the third inning when junior Molly Fichtner drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Hunt. Freshman Kallie Case made it 5-0 when she scored on a passed ball.

A grand slam by UAB's Anna Kimbrell in the fourth inning pulled the Blazers within one at 5-4. The home run was her fourth of the season.

Alabama responded in the fifth inning when Hunt hit her fifth home run of the season on the first pitch she saw in the at-bat to give the Crimson Tide a 6-4 cushion.

Alabama tacked on two more in the seventh to make it 8-4. Braud scored on a wild pitch, then Traina singled to score McCleney in the seventh.

Alabama will host the Bama Bash this weekend against Western Illinois, Iowa and Winthrop. UA will open tournament play at 4 p.m. Friday against Western Illinois.

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