Bama wins WCWS pitchers' duel

In a brilliant pitchers' duel between Jaclyn Traina and Kelsey Nunley, Alabama's ace was just slightly better than her Kentucky counterpart in leading the Crimson Tide to a 2-0 win over the Wildcats on Friday night at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Traina, a four-time NFCA All-American, carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning for No. 2 Alabama (52-11). She finished the game by working out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation without surrendering a run to the Cats to keep the Tide in the winner's bracket.

Nunley was almost as good, allowing just two runs on three hits. Her lone mistake was hanging a pitch to Alabama's Leona LaFaele with two outs in the second inning that sailed over the wall for the game's only scoring. The sophomore right-hander retired 16 of the final 18 batters she faced.

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Traina (25-3) was coming off a one-hitter against Oklahoma in the opening round, while Nunley (30-10) had one-hit Louisiana-Lafayette in UK's first game.

Kentucky (50-18) misfired on two scoring opportunities late in the game. The first came with two outs in the sixth inning after Sylver Samuel reached on an infield single for the Cats' first hit of the game. But she was thrown out trying to steal second moments later.

In the seventh and final inning, UK got hits from Nikki Sagermann, Griffin Joiner and Lauren Cumbess. But Traina recorded a strike out and double play to end the major threat and send the Cats to a matchup against Baylor or Florida State on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET in the double-elimination event.

If UK wins, the Cats will face No. 5 Florida for a chance to reach the championship series. The Gators defeated Florida State in the opening round and top-ranked Oregon on Friday.

2014 Women's College World Series
ASA Hall of Fame Stadium – Oklahoma City
Session One (Thursday, May 29)

No. 5 Florida def. No. 13 Baylor, 11-0
No. 1 Oregon def. No. 8 Florida State, 3-0

Session Two (Thursday, May 29)
No. 14 Kentucky def. No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette 4-1
No. 2 Alabama def. No. 7 Oklahoma – 9:45 p.m. ET – ESPN2

Session Three (Friday, May 30)
No. 5 Florida def. No. 1 Oregon 4-0
No. 2 Alabama def. No. 14 Kentucky 2-0

Session Four (Saturday, May 31)
No. 13 Baylor vs. No. 8 Florida State – Noon ET – ESPN2
No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. No. 7 Oklahoma – 2:30 p.m. ET – ESPN2

Session Five (Saturday, May 31)
No. 14 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Baylor/No. 8 Florida State – 7 p.m. ET – ESPN
No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette/No. 7 Oklahoma – 9:30 p.m. ET - ESPN


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