With a spot in next weekend’s Super Regional round on the line, Oklahoma and Wisconsin squared off for a final winner-take-all match on Sunday afternoon. It was the third time the two schools had met over the weekend, resulting in a 1-1 split as each team fought to advance.
After recording sixteen strikeouts, and no-hitting the Badgers on Saturday, Giselle “G” Juarez was touched twice in the bottom of the first inning but it was to no avail. One Badger base runner was thrown out, by OU catcher Lynnsie Elam, trying to steal second and the other was left stranded.
Oklahoma struck first when Sydney Romero scored Reagan Rogers on a sacrifice fly to the left field foul area. Rogers was pinch running for Lynnsie Elam who led off the frame with a stand-up double to the right-center field wall.
Protecting her 1-0 lead, Juarez retired the Badgers in order thanks to outstanding defensive play from the field and her fourth strike out. Grace Green rewarded the effort by adding a solo home run the top of the fourth to double the lead at 2-0.
That would prove to be all of the offensive Oklahoma needed as Juarez pitched another shutout against the Badgers, scattering just four hits and striking out eight along the way.
The Sooners will host either Northwestern or Louisville next weekend, in Norman, for a chance to go to the Women’s College World Series.