Softball Recap: Alabama Falls to Oklahoma in Extra Innings
After rain forced their opening Women's College World Series game to be suspended,the Oklahoma Sooners outlasted Alabama 3-0 in eight innings Friday evening.
Similar to their first meeting earlier in the season, Alabama’s Alexis Osorio and Oklahoma’s Paige Parker dominated the game with outstanding pitching.
Neither offense posed a serious threat to score until the top of the fifth inning. Crimson Tide catcher Reagan Dykes led off with a double to left center field. Designated player Demi Turner allowed pinch runner Rachel Bobo to advance to third on a sacrifice bunt. However, the Crimson Tide could not cash in as pinch hitter Caroline Hardy struck out followed by a fly out from Sydney Booker.
Oklahoma responded with a scoring threat of their own in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Oklahoma center fielder Nicole Pendly walked then advanced to third on a Kady Self single. The Sooners failed to score as Osorio induced a pop up to first baseman Leona Lafaele in foul territory and a strikeout to end the threat.
The game went into extra innings with a scoreless tie. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Oklahoma first baseman Shay Knighten slapped an opposite field three-run homer down the right field line to stun Alabama. The walk-off homer was her second this season against Osorio.
For the game, Oklahoma’s Paige Parker allowed four hits, walked two batters and struck out seven in eight innings from the circle. For Alabama’s Alexis Osorio, she pitched 7.1 shutout innings before allowing the game-deciding round tripper in the eighth inning. For the game, the sophomore pitcher walked five batters, gave up three hits and fanned 10 batters.
Alabama looks to keep their season alive Saturday afternoon against LSU as they fell to second seeded Michigan 2-0 in their opening WCWS contest.
The two teams opened SEC play in Baton Rouge almost three months ago with LSU winning the series. First pitch for Alabama vs. LSU is scheduled for 1:30 PM on ESPN.
In other WCWS games on Saturday, Florida State and UCLA face off in an elimination game at 11 AM on ESPN. Auburn will play Georgia in the first of two winners bracket games. First pitch for the Tigers and Bulldogs is at 6 PM on ESPN2. Following that game, Oklahoma takes on Michigan in the final game of the day at 8:30 PM on ESPN2.