That strategy has worked just fine all season, and Sunday, Alabama won with its signature power and solid pitching from sophomore Jackie Traina.
Alabama opened the scoring Sunday with Traina’s solo home run in the second inning. The Crimson Tide added a score the next inning, when Hunt singled home Kayla Braud.
Cal third baseman Danielle Henderson evened the score at 2 with a two-run homer in the fourth, but Alabama quickly regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning.
Hunt added a solo home run in the fifth inning, and senior Jazlyn Lunceford also homered in the sixth.
Alabama’s three home runs Sunday bring its team total for the season to 97, just one less than Oklahoma’s NCAA-leading 98.
In the circle, Traina improved to 40-2 with her two-hit performance, becoming the first pitcher in school history to win 40 games in a season.
“Definitely going to be fun,” Traina said of the matchup with Oklahoma. “Both teams got here because we’re very good; we’re very competitive.
“Who doesn’t want to play against a great team? I just can’t wait for it.”