The Oklahoma Sooners are advancing to a Softball NCAA Super Regional for the ninth consecutive year after breezing through the competition in the Norman Regional field. OU defeated Boston University (9-0), Tulsa (8-0), and then Missouri (7-0) on Sunday afternoon.
“The way this happened this weekend – with three shutouts, with a defense that was on point, offense coming in clutch – it was everything we wished for and hoped for. I don’t know that it could have been that much better than it was.” – Oklahoma Head Coach Patty Gasso
The Sooners finally had a game go the distance on Sunday afternoon when the Tigers lasted seven innings. With Paige Parker back in the circle Oklahoma produced their third consecutive shutout of the NCAA Tournament. Parker went 4.1 innings, allowing just 3 hits, and striking out, to pick up her 28th win of the season.
— NCAA Softball (@NCAASoftball) May 20, 2018
Paige Lowary took to the circle, with one away in the fourth, to complete Oklahoma’s 27th shutout of the season. She held her former Missouri teammates to just two hits over the final 2.2 innings of the game to seal Oklahoma’s ninth consecutive trip to the Super’s.
Taking advantage of three Missouri errors, the Sooners recorded five unearned runs. Shay Knighten went 3-for-3 with one run scored, two RBIs and a walk to lead Oklahoma’s offense. Nicole Pendley also knocked her second home run of the weekend with a 2-run blast in the seventh that capped off Oklahoma’s scoring.
— Oklahoma Softball (@OU_Softball) May 20, 2018
Oklahoma will host No. 13 seed Arkansas next weekend, in Norman, with a trip to the Women’s College World Series on the line.