June 2, 2011
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Game 1: Alabama 1, California 0
• In the first game of the 2011 Women's College World Series, No. 2 seed Alabama (52-9) defeated No. 7 seed California (44-12), 1-0.
• Alabama won in the WCWS' lowest scoring game in the last 15 contests. The last time two teams combined for one run was on May 29, 2009, when Florida beat Michigan in game six.
• The Crimson Tide won its opening game of the WCWS for the first time in program history. Alabama improved to 1-6 in first-round WCWS action, to 7-12 in the WCWS and to 53-26 in the NCAA tournament.
• Alabama freshman Kaila Hunt hit an RBI single in the second inning to plate the game's only run. It was Hunt's 36th RBI of the year and her fifth in the NCAA tournament.
• Alabama pitcher Kelsi Dunne improved to 28-4 this season with the win. Dunne, who gave up just one hit and one walk, struck out 11 batters, marking the 15th time this season and third time this NCAA tournament she recorded 10 or more strikeouts.
• With her 11 strikeouts, Dunne moved into 24th place on the NCAA career strikeouts list with 1,208. Dunne entered the game in 27th place with 1,197 strikeouts.
• Alabama's Jackie Traina earned her third career save. The freshman struck out two batters in 1.0 inning of work and has not allowed a hit in her 11.1 innings this postseason.
• Cal pitcher Jolene Henderson surrendered seven hits and a walk while striking out nine in her 6.0 innings. Henderson has 46 strikeouts in 43 innings of postseason work this year.
• The Golden Bears fell to 18-19 all-time in the WCWS. This year marks their 11th appearance in the event.