Alabama captures first WCWS title
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Alabama rallied from an early deficit and upended Oklahoma, 5-4 in a winner-take-all Game 3 of the Women's College World Series final.
Wednesday's comeback victory gave the Crimson Tide their first softball championship. It was also the first softball title for the SEC.
After a three-hour rain delay at the start of the game, Alabama fell behind 3-0 following home runs by Keilani Ricketts and Lauren Chamberlain.
But the second-seeded Tide got to Ricketts in the fourth, plating four runs amid another stoppage in play. Courtney Conley had the tying RBI and scored the go-ahead run, and Jackie Traina (42-3) did the rest as she settled down to go the distance, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks.
Ricketts (37-9) was charged with five runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over six innings of work for fourth-seeded Oklahoma.
Ricketts hit a solo blast in the second, and Chamberlain added a two-run shot in the third, but the Tide began to unravel when the rain intensified in the fourth.
With two outs, Kaila Hunt scored on a wild pitch, one of four for Ricketts in the game. Play was stopped for 11 minutes because of the weather, and while the Tide reveled in the delay, the Sooners got tight on their bench.
When play resumed, Amanda Locke kept the rally going with an RBI single, and Conley doubled deep to center to bring in Locke for a tie game. Jessica Vest's throwing error on Jazlyn Lunceford's grounder to short allowed Conley to score the go-ahead run.
Traina tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single in the fifth, proving vital because Chamberlain belted a two-out, solo home run in the seventh.
Traina shook off the blast and caught Ricketts looking at strike three for the final out, causing her teammates to join her in celebration on the mound.
Oklahoma was trying to win its first title since 2000.
Wednesday was only the third Game 3 in WCWS history.
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