A Happy Ending

In a game that was continued from Saturday due to inclement weather, the eighth-ranked Alabama softball team (63-14) got a clutch game-winning hit from Capper Reed in the bottom of the 12th inning, scoring Michelle Menningmann for a 2-1 victory over the DePaul Blue Demons (45-21) in Oklahoma City Sunday morning.

Alabama will take on the Tennessee Lady Vols on ESPN at 2:00 p.m. CT, weather permitting.

The game will mark the first time in history in that two SEC schools will meet in the WCWS.

Staci Ramsey (JR, Houston, Texas) led off the 12th inning with a single over the head of DePaul third baseman Jenny Doezie. Menningmann (SO, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) came on to pinch run for Ramsey and advanced to second on a ground out to first by Dani Woods (FR, Cockeysville, Md.). Reed (SR, Guntersville, Ala.) then singled back up the middle scoring Menningmann and ending the game.

The Blue Demons threatened in the top of the ninth leading off the inning with consecutive singles from Saskia Roberson and Linda Secka.

Both advanced on a passed ball putting runners on second and third with no outs, but VanBrakle proceeded to strike out the next three batters to get out of the inning.

VanBrakle recorded 17 strikeouts, a school record for strikeouts in a WCWS game.

The 12-innings was the most innings played in UA postseason history and it was the longest game this season.

Alabama's two wins in the WCWS have come against DePaul.


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