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Softball Open Thread | Alabama vs Jacksonville State (Mardi Gras Invitational)

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Alabama Crimson Tide vs Jacksonville State
Time 2:30 pm CST
Location Mobile, Ala. | Jaguar Field (892)
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Our beloved Crimson Tide are off to a 3-0 start after downing Memphis (8-0), Lipscomb (15-4), and South Alabama (12-1), with all being run rule victories. Alabama will finish up their trip to the Mardi Gras Invitational this afternoon against Jacksonville State at 2:30.

The Gamecocks are winless in Mobile, falling to Lipscomb (0-2), Mississippi State (1-8), and Memphis (5-10). Knocking off the Tide is the only positive they could take from this trip, so we need to be on our guard against a let down.


Jacksonville State is coming off of its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the second straight season. The Gamecocks advanced to the Louisville Regional, where they were eliminated by the host Louisville Cardinals. They finished the 2011 season with a 40-21 record.

Series History: This will be the 15th meeting between the two schools, with Alabama having won the previous 14 meetings. The Crimson Tide won last year 6-0, on the strength of Kelsi Dunne’s third career no hitter against the Gamecocks. Senior Jazlyn Lunceford paces UA against JSU with a .667 lifetime average (2-for-3), adding two runs, two stolen bases and two RBI. Jennifer Fenton bats .500 against the Gamecocks with three runs scored, a triple and two RBI. Cassie Reilly-Boccia has accumulated the most at-bats, posting a .444 average (4-for-9) with two doubles and two RBI.