Oklahoma drops Alabama in Game 1 of Women's College World Series

Oklahoma 4, Alabama 1

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Keilani Ricketts struck out 12 in a five-hitter and Oklahoma beat Alabama 4-1 on Monday night in Game 1 of the Women’s College World Series finals.

Oklahoma third baseman Javen Henson tags out Alabama's Jazlyn Lunceford as she slides into third base. The Sooners moved within a game of the title.  SUE OGROCKI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Oklahoma third baseman Javen Henson tags out Alabama's Jazlyn Lunceford as she slides into third base. The Sooners moved within a game of the title.

Jessica Shults drove in two runs, and tied the game at 1 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

The Sooners (54-8) went ahead to stay later in the inning on Brianna Turang’s run-scoring grounder.

Shults tacked on an RBI single in the sixth before Katie Norris’ squeeze brought in Ricketts.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series is tonight.

The fourth-seeded Sooners had 11 hits, the
second-most allowed by Jackie Traina (40-3) this season, to win their 12th consecutive game and snap an 11-game win streak for the Crimson Tide.

Traina did manage to record six strikeouts.

She also scored Alabama’s only run on Kendall Dawson’s sacrifice fly.

Alabama’s Kaila Hunt, a former Greenbrier standout, was 0 for 4.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Best-of-3

(x-if necessary)

Monday: Oklahoma 4, Alabama 1

Today: Alabama vs. Oklahoma, 8 p.m.

x-Wednesday: Alabama vs. Oklahoma, 8 p.m.

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