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WCWS Semi-Final | Alabama Crimson Tide Forces Decisive Game With Oklahoma Sooners

Rich DeCray

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Locked in a pitchers dual, Giselle Juarez stepped into the circle for the third consecutive game of the Women’s College World Series. Hoping to lead the the Sooners to the Championship Series, the lefty delivered seven innings of scoreless softball. Despite holding the Alabama Crimson Tide at bay, the offense working alongside Juarez failed to cross the plate as well.

Heading into to extra innings, the story remained largely the same. Staring down the pitcher, Alabama’s Skylar Wallace delivered a double putting herself in scoring position. Yet, Maddie Morgan’s attempt to bring her home fell short as the third baseman fouled-out. Opting to pinch hit Caroline Hardy with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Head Coach Patrick Murphy put his full confidence in a power hitter.

Swinging the bat, Hardy sent the ball through the middle as Coach Murphy waved Kloyee Anderson — the pinch runner — home. Gathering the ball in center field, the Sooners’ Nicole Mendes let the ball fly toward home. Unable to make the catch and apply the tag, the game ended 1-0 in favor of the Crimson Tide.

Behind the win, the two teams are scheduled to face off in an elimination game. The winner of session seven will advance to face the UCLA Bruins in the Championship Series.

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