WCWS notebook: Alabama wins Southeastern Conference's first softball title

BY JASON KERSEY AND ANTHONY SLATER Published: June 7, 2012

Alabama made history early Thursday morning, claiming the Southeastern Conference's first-ever softball national championship with its 5-4 win over Oklahoma in Game 3 of the Women's College World Series' championship series.

The conference has now won a national title in every sport but one that it sponsors, with women's volleyball being the lone exception.

One of the SEC's new members next year, though — Texas A&M — has won two softball titles. Those were won when the Aggies were part of the now defunct Southwest Conference.

COALE MAKES GAME WITH DELAY

OU women's basketball coach Sherri Coale made it back from the Sooner Caravan in Tulsa in time to see OU's softball championship game against Alabama.

Coale may not have made it, though, without the help of the early weather delay. Coale, mens basketball coach Lon Kruger, football coach Bob Stoops and athletic director Joe Castiglione will host another Sooner Caravan event Thursday in Plano, Texas.

LATE COLLISION

Trailing by two runs in the seventh inning, and two outs from elimination, OU center fielder Destinee Martinez chopped one up the first-base line.

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