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

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

/articleid/3682220/1/pictures/1740760">Photo - The Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the champioship trophy after winning Game 3 of the Women's College World Series softball championship between OU and Alabama at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Alabama won the third game, 5-4. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
The Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the champioship trophy after winning Game 3 of the Women's College World Series softball championship between OU and Alabama at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Alabama won the third game, 5-4. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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.”

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

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.


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