OKLAHOMA CITY — Jackie Traina threw a four-hitter to help Alabama beat Oregon 2-0 on Sunday and advance to the best-of-three Women’s College World Series championship series against Southeastern Conference rival Florida.
Alabama took two out of three from the Gators during the regular season. They will meet again Monday night to open the best-of-three series.
“I think it’s a very respectful rivalry,” Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said. “Everyone respects the heck out of them. I don’t think it’s a nasty rivalry.”
Alabama scored twice in the fifth inning, and that was all Traina needed. She struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.
“For Jackie to shut out that offense is incredible,” Murphy said. “You’ve got to tip your hat to Jack and our defense.”
Haylie McCleney homered in the fifth to break a scoreless tie, but the second run wasn’t as clear. Molly Fichtner connected for a single with two outs, and Kaila Hunt went for home. Hunt made a move in an attempt to score, and it was ruled that she avoided a tag on a throw that got there first.
“I had a pretty good view,” Oregon coach Mike White said. “I know the ball quickly beat her by a long way. Got the tag on her. If it was 50-50, she should be out in my opinion. If the ball beats you, you should be out, I don’t care how close it was. It’s just a shame it couldn’t have been a one-run game going into the last inning.”
Florida 6, Baylor 3: Hannah Rogers pitched a complete game to help Florida advance.
Florida took a 5-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning before the Bears scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it a game.
Stephanie Tofft walked with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth to score an insurance run. Tofft had two hits and knocked in two runs and Taylor Schwarz knocked in three runs for the Gators.