From Troy Media Relations:
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Troy softball team couldn’t pick up another signature win as they fell at No.4 Alabama on Wednesday night, 12-0.
Troy (31-17) only managed one hit as the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide (43-4) hit four home runs and stole five bases as the Trojans used three pitchers on the evening.
Ashley Rainey (17-9) started for the Trojans but only lasted one inning, giving up four runs on five hits with one walk. Jaycee Affeldt gave up five runs over two innings while Sarah Thomas gave up three runs in one inning of work.
Leslie Jury (11-3) got the win for Alabama as she threw five innings, giving up one hit and walking four with six strikeouts. Kelly Luquette picked up the Trojans’ lone hit with a bunt single in the third inning.
Rainey, a Tuscaloosa native, didn’t fare well in her return home as she gave up four runs in the first inning, her only inning of work.
Kayla Braud started it out when she stole second after an infield single, moved to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch. Back-to-back solo home runs by Amanda Locke and Jazlyn Lunceford made it 3-0 before Kendall Dawson’s RBI double made it 4-0.
Affeldt replaced Rainey to start the second inning, but didn’t fare much better, giving up three runs in her first inning of work.
Jessica Fenton and Braud each reached with one out and moved to second and third on a double steal. Renn’s throw to third was on line, but nobody was covering the bag, allowing Fenton to score. Locke then hit her second home run, this one a two-run shot to center field to put the Crimson Tide up 7-0.
The Crimson Tide added two more runs in the third thanks to Braud’s RBI single and Lunceford’s sacrifice fly to make the margin nine at 9-0.
Alabama added three more in the fourth off of Thomas thanks to a solo home run and two-RBI single.
The Trojans return to the field this weekend when they host North Texas in a three-game Sun Belt series at the Troy Softball Complex. The Trojans and Mean Green will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. before closing with a single game on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday’s game will also mark Senior Day as five Trojans play the last home game of their career.