Alabama wins NCAA softball championship

Thursday, June 7, 2012 1:54 AM
Last updated 2:06 AM
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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.

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.  ALONZO ADAMS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
ALONZO ADAMS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.

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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A special congrats to Kayla

A special congrats to Kayla Hunt representing Augusta at the WCWS!!! Roll Tide!!!!

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