The Oklahoma Sooners will return to Oklahoma City to defend their national championship. OU swept their Super Regional at Auburn by defeating the Tigers 4-0 on Friday and then following up with a 5-2 win in a series that featured the two teams that played in last year’s world series championship.
Junior Nicole Pendley was responsible for four of Oklahoma’s five runs. She smashed a three-run homer in the bottom of the third to put the Sooners in front. After Auburn narrowed OU’s lead to 3-2 by scoring single runs in the third and fifth innings, Pendley came to the plate again and knocked in Shay Knighten with a single up the middle. The Sooners would then pull off a double steal allowing Reagan Rogers to score from third and build an insurmountable 5-2 lead.
Freshman Mariah Lopez got the start on Saturday but gave way to Paige Lowary with one out in the third inning. Lowary, a junior from Dallas Center, Iowa picked up her 15th win of the season by striking out five Auburn batters and limiting the Tigers to just one run on two hits in her 4.2 innings of work.
Oklahoma is making their eleventh appearance in the Women’s College Wold Series and sixth in the last seven seasons. The Sooners will play either Arizona or Baylor in their opener.