2014-05-31 / State/National Sports

Tide blanks Cats

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jaclyn Traina threw a four-hitter, Leona Lafaele hit a two-run homer and Alabama beat Southeastern Conference rival Kentucky 2-0 on Friday night in the Women’s College World Series.

Alabama (52-11) needs one win to reach the best-of-three championship series and won’t play again until Sunday. Kentucky (50-18) will play Baylor or Florida State in an elimination game Saturday.

Traina (25-3), who pitched Alabama to the 2012 national title, had allowed two hits in 13 innings in two WCWS games before Kentucky loaded the bases on three singles with no outs in the seventh. Traina struck out Emily Gaines and coaxed a double-play grounder from Krystal Smith to end the threat.

Traina had a no-hitter until Sylver Samuel beat out an infield single with two outs in the sixth.

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