Piling up contests against ranked opponents, Patty Gasso continues to test her ballclub with games around the country. Heading to the southeastern part of the United States, three foes with national rankings waited for a shot at the Oklahoma Sooners. Securing three wins in the first three games of Clearwater Invitational, the fourth brought about a different story.
Facing the No. 1 Seminoles in their home state, Shannon Saile and the No. 3 Oklahoma surrendered two homeruns resulting in a 3-0 deficit in the top of the second inning. Unfazed by the ranking and number of runs scored, the Sooner offense responded in the bottom of the frame. Plating the first run for the program, Grace Green scored on a wild pitch which also allowed two other runners to move into scoring position.
Following the effort, Grace Lyons delivered a hit that force the shortstop into an error. Reaching base, the freshman recorded an RBI as Reagan Rogers crossed the plate. Despite two outs in the second, Oklahoma appeared unsatisfied as Caliegh Clifton stepped into the box. Staring down Cassidy Davis in the circle for Florida State, the senior second baseman delivered a triple, knotting the score up at 3-3 by the close of the frame.
Finally claiming a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third, one swing of the bat from Sydney Romero sent the ball over the fence. Collecting four unanswered runs, the game remained far from over. However, fans were being treated to an all out dual in Clearwater, Florida.
Opening the fourth inning with back-to-back homeruns, the efforts of the Seminoles chased Saile out of the circle as All-American Giselle Juarez stepped in. Making quick work of the next three batters, the bleeding stopped. Yet, FSU showcased the type of offense worthy of the top national ranking by smashing another ball over the fence in the fifth. Burying the opponent underneath an onslaught of homers, Florida State claimed a commanding 7-4 margin.
Down to the final six outs of the game, Oklahoma needed to manufacture a few runs in a desperate way. Unable to generate much offense, a double play ended the game as the Sooners were dealt their first loss of the year.