Tide softball dominates La Quinta tournament with 5 wins

The top-ranked Alabama softball team continued its dominance during tournament play, claiming its 11th straight title, after winning the FGCU/LaQuinta Inn and Suites Tournament with five wins this past weekend.

Alabama outscored the competition, 25-6, and batted .302 while pitching at a.60 clip. The Tide hit four home runs and stole 10 bases.

In the circle, the Tide held opponents to a .125 average and struck out 51 in 35 innings pitched. Sophomore Danae Hays led the Tide over the weekend, hitting .600 (6-for-10) with two runs, a double, home run and six RBI.

Junior Kaila Hunt provided the punch with two home runs, four doubles, six RBI and a .538 average. Junior Jackie Traina and sophomore Leslie Jury sported unblemished 0.00 ERAs and earned two wins a piece.

Traina struck out 26 in 16 innings and held opponents to a .145 average while Jury fanned 16 in 14 innings and held opposing batters to a meager .104 average. Alabama will cap off its season-opening road-trip with a single contest against instate foe UAB.

The two teams will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 19, with first pitch slated at 6 p.m. Alabama will then host the Easton Bama Bash presented by Drash this upcoming weekend. The tournament will feature Western Illinois, Iowa and Winthrop.

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