Both of the opening day games of the Norman Regional ended in a run rule, setting up the first opportunity to advance to Sunday’s championship and two elimination games as well.
Tulsa sent Missouri into the elimination round by way of a 9-1 victory, in five innings. Rylie Spell hit her first career grand slam, in the top of the fourth and pitcher Emily Watson held the Tigers to just one run, off four hits, while striking out three batters.
Oklahoma blasted Boston University 9-0 in a game that also lasted just five innings. The Sooners sent fifteen batters to the plate in an 8-run fourth that was highlighted by a 3-RBI triple from Sydney Romero and a 2-run homer by Jocelyn Alo.
Paige Parker and Paige Lowary combined to keep the Terriers scoreless and struck out five batters in the process.
Here’s Patty Gasso on the growth her team’s shown from the time they lost to Boston in February until today — “they know how to handle situations like no other team I’ve ever had” #Sooners pic.twitter.com/qNYKWoTwUq
— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) May 19, 2018
Oklahoma and Tulsa will face each other at 4:00 CT (ESPN2) with the winner advancing to Sunday’s championship.
Missouri and Boston University will play in the second game (6:30 PM) on Saturday, with the loser being eliminated from the regional.
In the final game of the day, the loser of Oklahoma/Tulsa will face the winner of Missouri/Boston University. The loser of that game will be eliminated and the winner will have to win twice on Sunday to advance to next weekend’s super regional.