It's Kelsi Dunne day at Rhoads Stadium as the Tide enters game two of a weekend series with Arkansas.
The Crimson Tide took out the frustrations of a 4-1 loss to Tennessee on Tuesday on the Razorbacks last night, blasting their way to a 10-1 mercy rule victory in only five innings. Jennifer Fenton belted two homers (including a grand slam), and the Tide used a 7 run fourth inning to bring an early end to yesterday's game:
"It has been a very grueling seven days with seven games and to be able to come home and play a quick game is just what we needed," Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. "The best way to respect your opponent is to play your best and I thought we did that tonight."
The early end and extra rest will come in handy today as the previously scheduled 1:30pm start has been moved up to 12:00pm due to weather concerns. Further, the Tide will begin another grueling part of the schedule on Tuesday, visiting the College of Charleston before two straight road conference series and a trip to Troy. That's an eight game road stretch, so every extra moment of rest helps.
Making today's game extra special is Kelsi Dunne's senior day. Dunne has had a phenomenal career at Alabama and is currently closing in on some serious milestones:
Alabama senior pitcher Kelsi Dunne became just the third pitcher in school history to reach the 1,000 strikeout plateau as she passed the mark last Wednesday against Auburn. The senior struck out Kelsey Cartwright in the first inning to reach the mark and now enters the weekend with 1,037 career punchouts. Next on the list for the right-hander is Shelley Laird (1,045) and record-holder Stephanie VanBrakle (1,113). Dunne also enters the weekend nearing 100 wins as she sports 98 on her career, which is second place in the Alabama annals, ahead of the 97 by VanBrakle. Laird holds the record with 115.
|No. 1 Alabama (31-2, 7-1) vs. Arkansas (10-22, 1-10)|
|Game One||Final: 3.25.00 - 10-1 | Box Score - Play-by-Play|
|Game Two||12:00 pm CST|
|Location||Tuscaloosa, AL | Rhoads Stadium (3,395)
|Television||WVUA (Gary Harris)|
|Radio||WVUA-FM 90.7 | Listen Live|
|Streaming Video||Tide TV|
|Game Notes||Alabama Notes | Arkansas Notes|
|All-Time Series||Alabama leads, 43-7|