|Women's College World Series | Alabama (51-9) vs. Cal (44-11)|
|Date||Thursday, June 2 | Noon CDT|
|Location||Oklahoma City | ASA Hall of Fame Stadium (8,500)
|Radio||WVUA-FM 90.7 | Listen Live|
|All-Time Series||California leads, 3-2|
The Golden Bears are making their 11th trip to the Women's College World Series and first since 2005. Cal needed all three games as well to defeat Kentucky in Lexington to advance to Oklahoma City on the strength of a 9-0 decision in the decisive game three. As a team Cal bats at a .292 clip and has hit 33 home runs while driving in 242. The Golden Bears can run as well, swiping 93 bases in 110 attempts. In the circle Cal sports a 1.63 ERA, has struck out 325 batters in 364 innings and held opponents to a .208 average. Individually the Golden Bears are led by Britt Vonk and her .412 average. Vonk has tallied a team-best 68 hits, 45 runs and has added a home run and 13 RBI while swiping 26 bases in 31 attempts. Jamia Reid follows with a .409 average, has scored 42 runs, smacked two homers and driven in 16 while going 30-for-35 on the base paths. In the circle, Jolene Henderson has been one of the top hurlers in the country. The right-hander sports a 39-8 record with a 0.87 ERA. Henderson has struck out 313 in 314 innings pitched and held opponents to a .182 average. Diane Ninemire has won over 1,000 games at Cal as she is in the midst of her 24th season in the Oakland hills.
The Alabama softball team had four players earn 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American honors. Senior Kelsi Dunne (Port Orange, Fla.), sophomore Kayla Braud (Eugene, Ore.) and freshman Jackie Traina (Naples, Fla.) earned first-team accolades while senior Whitney Larsen (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) garnered second-team honors.
The four NFCA All-Americans equals the most in a single season in school history, tying the mark set in 2001 and 2008. The three first-team selections tie the most in school history with the trio in 2008.