Sooners advance with victory over Oregon
OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma found itself in dire need of offense as it entered the bottom of the fifth inning facing a two-run deficit.
The Sooners took advantage of their opportunities and rode a four-run inning to a 4-2 victory and a berth in the Women's College World Series championship series beginning today.
It was a defensive struggle through the first few innings with Oregon's Megan Kleist and Oklahoma's Paige Parker standing their ground in the pitcher's circle. After four innings, there was still no score.
There were some moments where it looked as if the scoreless deadlock might be broken. In the top of the fourth, Gwen Svekis led off with a single. The Sooners got out of the jam with a strikeout followed by two pop-ups. OU's Nicole Pendley led off the bottom of the fourth with a long ball to center, where Shannon Rhodes tracked it down and caught it at the wall for the out.
It wasn't until the fifth inning that either team made a dent. With a runner on, Oregon's Danica Mercado hit a line drive down the right field line that just cleared the fence for a two-run home run. It was the first time the Sooners trailed since the regionals.