The Crimson Tide is 57-7 overall, completing Southeastern Conference play 23-5 and capturing the league tournament title. Alabama has not lost yet in postseason play, sweeping all three of its games in the SEC Tournament, as well as its three contests in the Tuscaloosa Regional (against Tennessee-Martin and South Alabama) and its two games in the Tuscaloosa Super Regional (against Michigan). The Crimson Tide opened Women's World College Series play with a 5-3 victory over Tennessee on Thursday and downed Arizona State, 2-1, on Friday to earn the bye to the semifinals and the day off yesterday. Alabama's has won its last 10 contests after dropping an 8-5 decision to Fordham on the road on May 7.
Senior centerfielder and No. 2 hitter Jennifer Fenton is hitting a team-best .390 and has a team-leading 43 stolen bases in 46 attempts on the year. Sophomore Kaila Hunt (20) and senior Amanda Locke (18) are the Crimson Tide's power hitters, combining for 38 of Alabama's 94 home runs on the year.
Sophomore Jackie Traina is Alabama's ace with a 39-2 record and 1.69 earned run average in 44 appearances that includes 39 starts on the year. Traina is coming off an 11-strikeout performance with just one run allowed on three this in a 140-pitch complete-game win against Arizona State on Friday.
As a team, Alabama entered the Women's College World Series second in the nation in scoring, averaging 6.98 runs per game.
Cal and Alabama last met during the 2011 Women's College World Series as the Crimson Tide escaped with a 1-0 victory in a pitcher's duel between Cal's Jolene Henderson (the Golden Bears' likely starter today) and former Crimson Tide pitcher Kelsi Dunne. A pair of singles and steals by Alabama in the bottom of the third plated the only run of the game for either team. Dunne pitched six complete innings with just one hit - that went to Britt Vonk - to get the win. Traina pitched the seventh inning, getting two groundouts and a strikeout, for her third save of the year. Henderson allowed one earned run on seven hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.
Cal is 0-2 all-time against Alabama in the postseason, dropping a 13-1 decision to the Crimson Tide in the Tuscaloosa Regional in 2007.