OKLAHOMA CITY – No. 2 seeded Alabama continued its winning ways at the Women's College World Series by downing No. 11-seed Baylor, 3-0, Friday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. With the win the Crimson Tide improves to 53-9 on the season and will get a day of rest before playing on Sunday.
"I thought it was a great defensive performance by our team," Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. "Kelsi (Dunne) is in a zone right now. It warms my heart to know a senior is in that position when it comes to her final performance of her career. She is just doing a great job."
Senior Kelsi Dunne (29-4) again went six scoreless innings, this time scattering four hits while striking out eight. In the two appearances so far in the WCWS, Dunne has not allowed a run and struck out 19 in 12 innings.
Freshman Jackie Traina recorded her fourth save on the season and second of the WCWS by pitching yet another scoreless postseason inning, moving her total to 12 1/3 in the NCAA tournament.
Alabama opened the scoring in the first frame as junior Amanda Locke hit a sac-fly to left to score junior Jennifer Fenton. The fleet-footed center fielder reached on a bunt single and then moved to second when sophomore Kayla Braud was picked off after slipping at second and then took third on a wild pitch.
The Tide extended its lead to 2-0 when senior Whitney Larsen hit a sharp grounder up the middle that scored freshman Kaila Hunt from third in the fourth inning. Hunt started off the inning with a grounder that made its way through the left side.
Alabama tacked on another in the fifth inning when Hunt delivered a hit to center that enabled Locke to score on a bobble by the center fielder. Locke reached when she got hit by a pitch and then moved to second on a groundout by junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia.
Braud once again collected two hits, reaching base three times in the contest with a walk. Hunt also collected two hits and scored a run.
The Tide has rolled after losing to Stanford in the Super Regional opener, not allowing a run in 31 innings since giving up two runs in the third inning. Alabama has now beaten two All-American pitchers in its stay at Oklahoma City, downing first-teamer Jolene Henderson of Cal and second-teamer Whitney Canion of Baylor.