NCAA Softball Super Regionals Day 3: Results, recaps, scores, updates

Hazel Gray
May 28, 2017

The Sooners swept the Auburn Tigers during this weekend's Super Regional round at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn, Alabama.

There was visible frustration afterwards from the Tigers. They combined to allow two runs - one earned - on four hits while striking out eight. OU tacked on two more runs in its final at-bat with RBI singles from Shay Knighten and Sydney Romero.

"We've been in this spot before", Wallace said. "I'm not happy. I think if I'm happy, I'm a loser and we're not losers around here. You can get mad when you lose". With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, she popped out to center field to end the threat.

Paige Parker went the distance for the Sooners and notched 14 strikeouts.

Sophomore Makayla Martin said she is looking forward to another chance to pitch against the Sooners.

Oklahoma did not use Paige Lowary or Mariah Lopez, its two other regular starters, in Friday's game, so both are fresh for Game 2.

Whatever happens, Parker left a mark Friday.

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The Tigers got a taste of redemption earlier this season when the teams met in a season-opening game in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on February 9. "She thrives in these settings, and what I really loved is throughout our entire lineup, for the most part, is everybody contributing some kind of offense".

Which is sort of fitting, considering the Sooners wouldn't have survived four elimination games in the regionals without the work Lowary did in 11 1/3 innings out of the bullpen.

"I try not to hold a grudge, but I do think it fires us up and adds more fuel to the fire to drive us to win", Draper said.

Oklahoma's ace wasn't ideal: She walked three, and three of the four hits she allowed went for extra bases: doubles by Kendall Veach and Alyssa Rivera and a triple by Kasey Cooper. Macey Hatfield then singled to give Oklahoma their second run.

Nicole Pendley's team-leading 16 homer of the season gave OU a 3-0 lead, and they never relented. "They outplayed us today". With Friday's win, Gasso has a 6-4 overall edge but knows exactly what to expect from Myers' Tigers Saturday. Draper, Wallace and Martin are still key cogs for the Tigers, as are Kasey Cooper, Kaylee Carlson and Haley Fagan.

"We won't be able to duplicate the 8,000 they had in the stands, but the 3,000 we're going to have here will make it seem like 8,000", Auburn coach Clint Myers said.

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