Alabama wins NCAA softball championship

Alabama's Jackie Traina pitches against Oklahoma during the first inning of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball final game in Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jackie Traina threw a five-hitter and delivered a key RBI single, and Alabama became the first Southeastern Conference team to win an NCAA softball title, beating Oklahoma 5-4 in the final game of a best-of-three series that ended early Thursday.

Traina gave up three home runs — two to Lauren Chamberlain, including one in the seventh inning — but struck out her Oklahoma counterpart, Keilani Ricketts, to end the game.

Alabama (60-8) took advantage of Ricketts' wildness to score four runs in the fourth inning. The Crimson Tide overcame an early 3-0 deficit in a game delayed almost three hours at the start because of steady rain Wednesday night.

Oklahoma (54-10) had won 12 consecutive games, including the opening game of the championship series, before losing two in a row.

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