The victor of this game will take on No. 4 seed Auburn, undefeated at the World Series, for a game at 7 p.m. If Auburn loses that game, the two teams play again Monday for spot in the Women’s College World Series final series. In their first trip to Oklahoma City last season, Auburn pushed eventual back-to-back national champion Florida to brink before bowing out in extra innings in the semifinals.
Oklahoma has hit a home run in its last 10 Women’s College World Series games.
For just the fifth time since the format was adopted in 2005, the Women’s College World Series comes down to a winner-take-all third game in the championship round. The Sooners are on the verge of bringing home another national championship trophy, this one in the sport of softball.
Paige Parker wasn’t ideal, but No. 3 Oklahoma didn’t need her to be, as for the second game in a row, the Sooners offense torched a top 10 team.
Game 2 is Tuesday night.
The Sooners opened the game with a field hit and racked up the first score of the night, then started off the second inning with a home run.
“Ever since I stepped foot on campus, MI has done nothing but great things for me, and I’ve just tried my best to represent MI the best way I know how”, she said.
The Tigers finish the year with 52 wins, tied for the ninth-most in program history, as it’s the 11th time LSU has won 50-plus games in a season and first time since 2006 and 2007 to win 50 wins in back-to-back seasons.
It was similar to Oklahoma’s finish Saturday against MI.
“It’s one of the things that I think all of us have been dreaming about since we were little”, said Knighten, who hails from Buena Park, Calif. “For it to be for like our freshman year, it’s just unreal. They’re just really special people”. Tiffany Howard’s leaping catch in the sixth inning to rob Shay Knighten of a two-run home run gave Auburn an emotional lift it rode until Carosone’s homer.
Even with the trouble Parker got into in the final inning, she only threw 91 pitches. You can not feel exhausted. Auburn hasn’t been to the championship series, but its coach, Clint Myers, won two national titles at Arizona State. Davis went the distance and got her first loss of the season in only her seventh decision.
It would have helped had Stevens not wobbled so badly despite that cushion, allowing Auburn to believe it could come all the way back. On the play that produced the winning run, Carosone was called out because she ran outside the basepath. I had hoped our team would be able to continue to score and continue to keep pressure, but they did a good job making some adjustments.
“It was probably one of the hardest-fought wins we’ve had, just because of the intensity and knowing what we’re facing with a team like LSU, ” Gasso said. “She pitched well enough to win, we just didn’t support her defensively or offensively”. Parker has pitched every inning for Oklahoma, so far. “The season is not over yet”. The tying run was on deck but Clifton fielded a grounder from Bell, stepped on second and fired to first for the game-ending double play.