Alana Vawter struck out five in 5 1/3 innings and NiJaree Canady completed a combined one-hitter as No. 9 Stanford beat No. 5 Alabama 2-0 on Friday in an elimination game at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
The Cardinal move on to a Sunday matchup against the loser of the Saturday game between No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 4 Tennessee.
Vawter yielded just a third-inning single to Ashley Prange. The Crimson Tide's only other baserunner was the result of a second-inning throwing error. Canady got the last five outs for the save, striking out three.
Stanford got the only run it needed in the top of the second. Emily Schultz singled, moved to second on Kaitlyn Lim's sacrifice bunt and scored on Sydney Steele's double.
Steele capped the scoring with a solo homer in the seventh inning.
Alabama's Montana Fouts pitched a complete game, yielding two runs on five hits and no walks with four strikeouts.
--Field Level Media