The Alabama softball team continued its winning streak against Mississippi State Thursday in the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The Tide beat the Bulldogs 5-2 and advanced to the next day, where it will face the Georgia Bulldogs in the semi-finals. Sophomore pitcher Jackie Traina pitched all seven innings in Thursday’s game to improve to 32-2 on the year. She gave up two runs on five hits and struck out eight batters.
“We’re starting to peak at the right time,” left fielder Kayla Braud said. “We have been working really hard and are starting to gel.”
Alabama started scoring early in the game, plating three runs in the third inning. The Tide started off with Kayla Braud reaching second base on an error, followed by Jennifer Fenton with a bunt, which advanced Braud to third. Amanda Locke hit an RBI to the pitcher, scoring Braud and advancing Fenton to third base. Kaila Hunt lined a single up the middle scoring Fenton and Locke making the score 3-0 Tide.
Some quick facts about tonight’s win:
- Jackie Traina got the win and improved to 32-2 fot Alabama.
- She struck out 8 batters in the win.
- An SEC Tournament record 2,691 people watched the second session which included Georgia vs. Kentucky as well as Alabama vs. Mississippi State.
Final: 5-2 Alabama
Top: Jessica Offutt grounds out to first.
Brittany Gates also grounds out to first.
Traina gets the strikeout and that’ll do it. Alabama gets its SEC Tournament run off to a great start, taking down Mississippi State 5-2. The Tide will play the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs tomorrow at 4:30. The game will be televised on ESPNU.