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The Alabama Crimson Tide, the No. 2 national seed, beat the South Alabama Jaguars 5-2 on Saturday, to advance Sunday's 2012 NCAA Softball Tuscaloosa Regional championship game. South Alabama will play again at 6 p.m. in Saturday's second elimination game.
South Alabama grabbed the early lead when senior Christin Crocker sent the ball out of the park for a solo homerun in the second inning. Alabama came right back, scoring three runs in the top of the third inning, including a Kaila Hunt homerun, before adding a pair of runs in the fifth inning to put the game away. The Jaguars scored in the bottom of the seventh when senior Haley Hopkins opened the inning with a solo homerun over the fence in left-center field.
Alabama sophomore Jackie Traina picked up the win for Alabama, pushing her record to 34-2 on the season, while sophomore Hannah Campbell took the loss for South Alabama, falling to 24-11.
Alabama returns to action Sunday at 1 p.m. against the winner of Saturday's third game. South Alabama will play in that third game, which starts at 6 p.m., against the winner of Saturday's second game between Georgia Tech and UT Martin.