The Alabama Softball Team made school and SEC history on Thursday morning. The Crimson Tide waited out two rain delays, before beating Oklahoma 5-4 to win the Women's College World Series.
Alabama won the first national softball title in school history, and the first national championship in the sport for the SEC as well.
Jackie Traina struck out Keilani Ricketts looking to end a wild game in Oklahoma City. After a three hour rain delay, the Sooners jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a solo home run by Rickets and a two-run shot from Lauren Chamberlain.
Things began to turn in the fourth inning. Oklahoma led 3-1, when the Sooners coaching staff pushed the umpires to delay the game due to field conditions. That delay was protested by the Alabama coaching staff, but umpires eventually pulled both teams off the field.
The delay lasted just 11 minutes, but momentum swung to the Crimson Tide. The entire Alabama team left the dugout and chanted to the crowd.
Once play resumed, Alabama continued to show that energy, as Amanda Locke and Courtney Conley plated runs with a single and a double. Jaz Lunceford followed with a grounder to shortstop that was thrown away, allowing Conley to score for a 4-3 Alabama lead.
Oklahoma threatened in the top of the fifth inning, putting two runners aboard for Jessica Schults. One night after belting a three-run homer, Schults came close again, flying out to the right field wall to end the inning.
Alabama added a key insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, when Traina fought off several pitches before singling to right field to score Jennifer Fenton.
The Crimson Tide took a 5-3 lead to the seventh inning. After retiring the first two batters, Chamberlain hit a solo homer to right field off Traina, pulling the Sooners within one run at 5-4.
Traina responded with three straight strikes, including a fastball on the outside corner that froze Ricketts to end the game. Traina won every game for Alabama at the World Series, including a complete game five-hitter to clinch the championship.