Tide rolls into bracket final

OKLAHOMA CITY — There are now only two undefeated teams in postseason play, and the Alabama Crimson Tide is one of those two, following up Oklahoma's win earlier in the evening with a 2-1 Friday nightcap triumph over the No. 3 Arizona State Sun Devils.

The Crimson Tide rallied back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat ASU pitcher Dallas Escobedo and move into the bracket final Sunday at 2:30. It'll play the winner of the Cal-Tennessee/Oregon game set to be played at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Arizona State shifts brackets and takes on the winner of South Florida-LSU at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Alabama used an RBI single in the top of the fifth from center fielder Jennifer Fenton to tie it up at one apiece, then designated player Amanda Locke crushed a homer over the center field wall to put the Tide up 2-1 in the sixth.

Tide pitcher Jackie Traina did the rest, settling down after allowing Arizona State to take the early lead on second baseman Sam Parlich's fourth inning RBI single.

Traina finished with 11 strikeouts, despite walking five, and kept damage control by stranding eight ASU base runners, including a pair in the fourth and fifth.

Escobedo, although she did fan nine Bama batters, just didn't quite have good enough stuff to bring the Sun Devils out on top.

Fenton and Locke each recorded a pair of hits for Alabama, while Parlich, third baseman Haley Steele and left fielder Talor Haro combined for ASU's three hits in the contest.

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