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Amanda Locke leads Tide to title

While Traina rests, Locke makes just fifth start of season, allows only three hits

Updated: May 13, 2012, 2:19 AM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- When Amanda Locke made her first official recruiting visit to the University of Alabama, she came down an escalator in the Birmingham airport to find Crimson Tide softball coach Patrick Murphy waiting with, as she put it, a "big freaking smile" and a hug to welcome her to the state.

The native Texan knew where she was going to school before she ever set foot on campus.

Saturday, his shirt freshly drenched from a surprise encounter with a ...

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