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Locke's Home Run Sends Alabama To Second Straight WCWS Semi-Final

Courtesy of Alabama Athletic Media Relations.OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A sixth-inning home run from Amanda Locke completed a comeback by Alabama as the Crimson Tide topped Arizona State, 2-1, on Friday night at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Arizona State (52-10) was first on the board in the contest when it broke up Jackie Traina’s no-hit bid in the fourth inning with an RBI-single from Sam Parlich to take a 1-0 lead.

In the very next half inning, Alabama (57-7) evened the scored when Courtney Conley came home after a single up the middle from Jennifer Fenton. The Crimson Tide went ahead for good in the top of the sixth when Locke drilled the ball over the left centerfield fence for her second hit of the game.

While the offense was the big story of the game, the highlight of the contest was the pitching performance of not only Alabama’s Traina, but of Arizona State’s Dallas Escobedo as well. Traina allowed just one run off of three hits with 11 strikeouts, while Escobedo struck out nine batters and allowed only two walks, despite giving up seven hits.  With the win Traina moves to 39-2 on the year, while Escobedo falls to 24-7 on the year and 6-1 for her career at the WCWS.

After the game, Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy talked about the game and high-quality softball that was played.

“I thought it was a classic, fastpitch softball game. Two really good pitchers going at it, two very good teams, two very offensive teams, but it turned into a great pitcher’s duel. Hats off to [Arizona State], Dallas pitched a great game, but Jackie just had a little bit better of one.

On Saturday, Arizona State will play the winner of the earlier match-up between LSU and South Florida in an elimination game at 6 p.m. CT. Meanwhile, Alabama will play in its second-consecutive WCWS semi-final on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CT against Tennessee, Oregon or California.