Scoring in each of the last five innings, Alabama secured its spot opposite Oklahoma in the best-of-three Women’s College World Series championship round with a 5-2 decision over top-seeded Cal on Sunday.
The No. 2 Crimson Tide (58-7) got solo homers from Kaila Hunt, Jazlyn Lunceford and winning pitcher Jackie Traina, as well as RBI singles from Hunt and Kendall Dawson. Dawson’s hit snapped a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fourth.
Traina overcame bouts of wildness, as she walked six en route to a two-hit complete game. Traina struck out six. Her only slip came in the fourth inning, when she gave up Danielle Henderson’s 16th homer of the year to even the score.
Alabama reached Golden Bears ace Jolene Henderson for nine hits, getting two apiece from Hunt, Traina and leadoff batter Kayla Braud. The Crimson Tide are attempting to become the first Southeastern Conference team to win the WCWS.
Cal finishes the season 58-7.
Game 1 of the title series is tonight, with Game 2 on Tuesday evening and Game 3, if necessary, on Wednesday night.
— The Sports Xchange via Reuters