With the caliber of competition increasing, Oklahoma Softball should expect adversity. The Sooners won their regional opener, setting up a day two match-up with the Texas A&M Aggies.
Oklahoma’s former Big 12 foe had an 8-6 advantage Saturday night in the bottom of the seventh. However, Oklahoma’s Shelby Pendley would walk to first base giving Callie Parsons a run to make it 8-7 Aggies. Then, Texas A&M’s lone error of the contest cost them two unearned runs from Destinee Martinez and Javen Henson.
The loss forced Texas A&M to play Hofstra in an elimination game for another shot at Oklahoma.
The Aggies rolled the Pride, 7-0, and on Day Three of the Norman Regional, Oklahoma and Texas A&M met for the final time.
Texas A&M’s Nicole Morgan put the Aggies up 2-0 early with a two-run homer. OU responded in the second with five runs, giving them a lead they would never lose.
The rest of the day, Oklahoma picked up a few more scores, including a Brittany Williams home run that put the Sooners up 11-4 at the top of the seventh.
Texas A&M’s Breanna Dozier gave the Aggies a bit of hope with a two-run homer, however, Amber Garza flied out to center field and Cassie Tysarczyk grounded out giving the Sooners the third and final out of the ball game.
Kelsey Stevens picked up the win, striking out six and allowing seven hits in seven innings.
Oklahoma’s 11-6 victory earns them their fifth straight trip to the NCAA Super Regional. As a seven seed, they will host the tenth seeded Tennessee Volunteers in a best of three series.