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Tide punches ticket back to Women's College World Series

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -

After it took 12 innings and a come-from-behind effort in game one, the Alabama softball team worked much quicker in game two.

The Crimson Tide never trailed in a 2-1 win, sending the team back to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

“We knew that it was going to be a battle and it definitely was,” said Head Coach Patrick Murphy. “I’m so proud of Jaclyn Traina because she gutted out so many performances over the year. She was much better than yesterday and I think everyone saw that.”

Traina got the win and went the distance, giving up just one run on three hits and striking out three.

“I still had a lot of confidence in myself,” said Traina. “Days like yesterday happen and I just learn from it. We worked a lot on the off-speed in there today too and that kept them off-balance. We were just on the same page together and it worked out.”

The Tide’s two runs came in the first. After a single and an error put runners on the corners, Molly Fichtner drove an RBI single through the middle, scoring Kaila Hunt. Marisa Runyon added the second with a single down the leftfield line.

Play in the Women’s College World Series begins Thursday, May 29, in Oklahoma City. Alabama will face the winner of the Oklahoma/Tennessee Super Regional.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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