TUSCALOOSA, AL -- The fourth-ranked Alabama softball team used a big fourth inning to beat Auburn 8-0, in the first of a three-game weekend series Friday night.
With the win, Alabama head coach Pat Murphy earns his 800th career win.
Alabama ace pitcher Jackie Traina earned the complete-game win to improve to 13-2. Traina scattered three hits, walked one and struck out 11 in six innings of work.
Alabama broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth. The Tide put the first two batters of the inning on when Spencer walked and Danielle Richard bunted for a single.
The Tigers picked up the first out when Hays hit a ground ball down the third base line that Medina nabbed on a dive and flipped back to Carosone covering third, forcing Spencer out. After falling behind 3-0 in the count, Davis battled back to force Davis to fly out to right for the second out.
Braud, however, followed with a single up the middle to score Richard and give Alabama a 1-0 lead. Hays took third and Braud advanced to second on the relay throw home. Haylie McCleney followed with a ground ball to Carosone at short, who flipped to Medina at third. Medina was unable to field the catch, for an error, which allowed Hays to score and give Alabama a 2-0 lead.
Braud was safe at third on the play. After McCleney stole second, Davis delivered a wild pitch which bounced down the first base side and allowed Braud to score, making it 3-0. Davis was able to end the inning when she forced Lafaele to pop out to Lathan at second.
The loss dropped Auburn's record to 20-12 overall and 1-6 in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama improved to 28-3 overall and 5-2 in the SEC.
The two teams will meet in game two of the series tomorrow with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.
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