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March 27, 2013

SOFTBALL: Tide's spring break road trip begins

The University of Alabama softball team (29-4) will begin its spring break in Texas with a nonconference game at Houston (19-9) at 6:30 tonight.

The Crimson Tide will play a three-game weekend set at Texas A&M.

The Cougars are batting .286 with 17 home runs and 117 RBIs, outscoring opponents 137-77.

Houston sports a 2.17 ERA and has struck out 125 batters in 184 innings pitched while holding the opposition to a .219 batting average.

Houston is led by Holly Henderson, Katie St. Pierre and Haley Outon. Anderson paces the Cougars with a .394 average, 37 hits and seven stolen bases. St. Pierre closely follows with a .375 average, while Outon has hits .369 with a team-leading eight home runs and 25 RBIs.

Alabama freshman Haylie McCleney leads the Southeastern Conference in hitting (.481), runs (39) and hits (50) and ranks third in triples (four). Senior Kayla Braud leads the league in stolen bases (29), while junior pitcher Jackie Traina ranks fourth in strikeouts with 130.

UA ranks second in the SEC in batting average (.333), fifth in slugging percentage (.523), second in on base percentage (.431), third in runs (240), second in hits (294), third in RBI (208), fourth in triples (8), home runs (37) and total bases (461), third in walks (137) and first in stolen bases (87).

Alabama is No. 4 in the season's first Ratings Percentage Index and No. 4 in the NFCA/USA Today poll. The Crimson Tide is seventh in the USASoftball/ESPN rankings.



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