NO. 2 ALABAMA Crimson Tide
Overall Record: 58-7
Conference: Southeastern (1st, 23-5)
   Head Coach: Patrick Murphy

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NO. 4 OKLAHOMA Sooners
Overall Record: 53-8
Conference: Big 12 (1st, 19-5)
Head Coach: Patty Gasso


Venue: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Game Time: 8 p.m. ET
   Beth Mowins (play by play)
   Michelle Smith (color)
   Jessica Mendoza (color)
   Holly Rowe (field reporter)

Who to Watch for the Crimson Tide: OF Kayla Braud, .356, 59 R, 19 RBI, 41 SB; SS Kaila Hunt, .318, 21 HR, 76 RBI; P/UT Jackie Traina, 40-2, 1.70 ERA, 341 K, .309, 10 HR, 33 RBI 

Who to Watch for the Sooners: P/DP Keilani Ricketts, 36-7, 0.99 ERA, 433 K, .399, 16 HR, 48 RBI; 2B Georgia Casey, .360, 10 HR, 32 RBI; 1B Lauren Chamberlain, .355, 28 HR, 74 RBI


    def. UT Martin, 5-1 [ Box ]
    def. South Alabama, 5-2 [ Box ]
    def. South Alabama, 6-0 [ Box ]
Super Regional
    def. Michigan, 4-1 [ Box ]
    def. Michigan, 4-3 [ Box ]
Women’s College World Series
    def. No. 7 Tennessee, 5-3 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]
    def. No. 3 Arizona St., 2-1 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]
    def. No. 1 California, 5-3 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]

Feature: Getting to the core of Bama’s strength

    def. Lehigh, 19-3 (5 inn.) [ Box ]
    def. Tulsa, 7-1 [ Box ]
    def. Oregon State, 6-0 [ Box ]
Super Regional
    def. No. 13 Arizona, 6-0 [ Box ]
    def. No. 13 Arizona, 7-1 [ Box ]
Women’s College World Series
    def. USF, 5-1 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]
    def. No. 1 California, 3-0 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]
    def. No. 4 Arizona St., 5-3 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]  

Feature: Sooners have punch on offense, defense

Rosters: Alabama | Oklahoma Schedules: Alabama | Oklahoma
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Big crowds, new champion headline WCWS finals series 

It just won't look the same. For the first time since 1986, the Women's College World Series finals -- now a three-game series, but back in 'the day' it was a single-game event -- will not have a Pac-12 team in the mix. Since then, UCLA has won 12 titles, although only 11 officially count, and Arizona has eight. The rest of the field has 10 total. 

That will change this week. Oklahoma and Alabama made sure of it. 

The Sooners reached their first WCWS championship game/series since 2000, when they took home their only national title. The Crimson Tide reached the final game/series of the season for the first time. 

Alabama vs. Oklahoma
Batting Average .316 .318
Home Runs 97 98
Runs Per Game 6.8 6.5
Stolen Bases 139 65
ERA 2.12 1.14

Now, what can they expect? First and foremost will be huge crowds.

Sure, Oklahoma is basically the home-standing team. But Alabama has a strong contingent on hand as it looks to finish an impressive spring that included a women's gymastics and women's golf national team championships.

Overall, attendance at this year's WCWS has been in uncharted territory. Through the first four days, the tournament has drawn 52,574 fans. Need a little perspective? That's 4,151 fans more than last year, which set the current record of 67,631 fans through the gates at the event.

With a local team and the draw of a non-Pac-12 pair, it's likely the tournament will create a record attendance. Those around on Monday will be part of the StrikeOut Cancer Night while Tuesday's crowd can salute those who serve our country and local communities as part of the Military and Public Service Appreciation Night.  

The Sooners aren't feeling the pressure. In fact, it's the opposite as they are ready to embrace the large crowds.

"It's a dream come true for these athletes, because we, as the University of Oklahoma, are the only university that gets to feel this feeling. There's not another school that's going to bring 10,000 people," OU coach Patty Gasso said. "Not that everyone here is a fan of the Sooners, but it feels like it when you're in the game. So the crowd, the noise, the adrenalin, the momentum that you get, is really indescribable. It's something that they'll remember forever."

One thing all those fans may be ready to remember is the pitching matchup that awaits.

Keilani Ricketts, the national player of the year, owns a 36-7 record and 0.99 ERA. She has been dominant at the WCWS, leading OU to three consecutive wins with a 1.00 ERA, 40 strikeouts and only 13 hits allowed in 21 innings.

Alabama's Jackie Traina isn't too shabby either with a 40-2 mark, a school-record for victories. Traina has posted a 2.00 ERA with 25 strikeouts, although she has allowed a WCWS-high 14 walks in three games. Still, coach Patrick Murphy believes she is ready for the big stage. He even told her a year ago to get ready for this moment. 

"I went out there, and I said: Look, we're going to be back here many times, hopefully, with you in the circle, so you might as well get used to the surroundings," Murphy said on Sunday. "She's had every game, every pitch this week, and I think her conditioning is ready for it. She's a Naples, Fla., kid, so she's used to the heat. I think the hotter it gets, the better she gets. So I think she's ready for it."

The fans better get ready for it too, especially if it's a record number by the end. 

                                                                                                               -- Jerry Trickie,

► Starting pitcher Jackie Trania is now 40-2 on the season. She is the first pitcher in Alabama history to reach 40 wins.

► The Crimson Tide hit three home runs on Sunday, all solo shots from Kaila Hunt, Jazlyn Lunceford and Jackie Traina. Hunt’s home run was her 21st this season, second in program history only to Olympian Kelly Kretschman’s 25 in 1998.

► Alabama has never lost a WCWS game when junior left fielder Kayla Braud has gotten a hit. In Sunday’s semifinal against California, she was 2 for 3 with a run scored after leading off the bottom of the first with a single.

► Sophomore infielder Kaila Hunt had two RBI on Sunday to move into second place on the school’s all-time single-season list. Prior to Sunday, Hunt was tied with Charlotte Morgan, who had 74 RBI 2010. Morgan also holds the school record of 79 RBI set in 2008.

► The Crimson Tide has a .963 fielding percentage on the season, but has the highest fielding percentage of any team at the WCWS at .976. Alabama fielders have two errors in 84 chances.

► This is the second time Oklahoma has played in the championship game/series. In the Sooners' previous appearance, they swept through their first WCWS berth and defeated UCLA in the 2000 championship game to win the program’s first title.

► The Sooners are on an NCAA-best 11-game winning streak.

► In eight NCAA tournament games this spring, the Sooners have outscored their opponents 58-9. ASU’s three runs on Sunday were the most OU has surrendered in a single game this postseason.

► Keilani Ricketts has struck out 84 batters in 52.0 innings this postseason, including 40 in 21.0 IP at the WCWS. She had 13 Ks on Sunday against Arizona State, including the final three batters of the game.

► OU sophomore outfielder Destinee Martinez had three singles against the Sun Devils on Sunday. She is hitting .500 at the WCWS (5 for 10) and .444 in postseason play (12 for 27). 

► Freshman Lauren Chamberlain has 39 extra-base hits this season, just three away from the OU season record. Chamberlain went 0 for 3 against Arizona State on Sunday.