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.
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.
While running to first, Martinez collided with Alabama's Cassie Reilly-Boccia. After conferring, the umpires called Martinez out because she was in fair territory.
The next batter, Lauren Chamberlain, hit a home run that would have tied it if Martinez been on first, but instead brought the Sooners within one. Keilani Ricketts then struck out to end the game.
“Destinee was on the wrong side of the line,” OU coach Patty Gasso said. “And when there was that collision, it was the right call. She was just trying to be aggressive and make something happen. Just a tough play.”
As expected, there was plenty of crimson on the All-Tourney roster.
Of the 12 players to make the list, nine of them participated in the championship series.
Chamberlain, Martinez, Ricketts, Jessica Shults and Brianna Turang made it from Oklahoma.
Kayla Braud, Jennifer Fenton and Amanda Locke represented the Crimson Tide, while Alabama pitcher Jackie Traina was named Most Outstanding Player.
Traina pitched every inning of the tournament for Alabama, going 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA.