Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Advances To Women’s College World Series With 9-0 Win Over Arkansas

M. Hofeld

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With elimination on the line for Arkansas it was reasonable to think they would play the Sooners a little tighter on Saturday. That’s exactly what they did, at least early on.

Arkansas coach Courtney Deifel decided to go with sophomore Autumn Storms in the circle, after freshman Mary Haff was rocked in Friday’s Super Regional opener. Oklahoma jumped on Storms in the first inning, plating two runs, giving the appearance that Saturday would bring more of the same regardless of who the pitcher was.

Nicole Mendes brought in Jocelyn Alo and Shay Knighten with a single, as the Sooners sent seven batters to the plate in the opening frame.

Deifel inserted Haff in the second, after Storms had gone through the order, and the strategy paid off as the candidate for Freshman of the year worked out of a bases loaded jam.

Arkansas went back to Storms in the fourth to try and keep Oklahoma off balance, but the Sooners found their way again in the fifth. A Caleigh Clifton walk and a Mendes single to right-center field set the scene for Fale Aviu to deliver a crushing blow to the Hogs.

Aviu took a 2-0 pitch over the wall in left field for a three-run homer that expanded Oklahoma’s lead to 5-0. Two more runs would come in for Oklahoma in the top of the sixth boosting the lead to 7-0 and continuing the party in the stands.

That party hit a high-point in the top of the seventh when Jocelyn Alo took Mary Haff deep for the second time in as many games. Haff was inserted back in the sixth but Oklahoma had already warmed their bats to all of Arkansas pitchers. Alo’s two-run blast, to straight center field, put the Sooners up 9-0.

A complete-game shutout performance by Paige Parker guaranteed the score would remain that way. Parker allowed just six hits and struck out nine Arkansas batters in her final performance at Marita Hynes Field.

 

 

 

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