OKLAHOMA CITY – Alabama’s Kelsi Dunne and Jackie Traina combined to allow just one hit and freshman Kaila Hunt hit an RBI single in the second inning to down No. 7-seeded Cal, 1-0, on Thursday afternoon at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The victory in the opening game of the Women’s College World Series is a first for the Crimson Tide as it improves to 52-9 on the season.
Dunne baffled the Golden Bears hitters all afternoon with her movement and wide array of pitches before relenting to the freshman Traina, who struck out two in the final frame to earn her third save of the season and second in the postseason.
Dunne (28-4) went six innings and allowed one hit and walked one while striking out a WCWS career-high 11 batters. The senior right hander eclipsed the 1,200 strikeout mark for her career, moving to 24th on the NCAA career strikeout list.
In her first collegiate at-bat at the WCWS, Hunt lined a 2-2 pitch down the line in left to score pinch-runner Keima Davis with two outs in the second inning. Amanda Locke started off the frame with an infield single to short and Davis did the rest, stealing second and third before coming home on the hit.
Kayla Braud and Locke paced the Tide at the plate with two hits apiece. The shutout was just the second on the season against Cal and the one hit equaled its lowest output of the season.