Softball season comes to an end with WCWS semifinal loss

Taylor Byrd
June 6, 2017

The best-of-three game championship series will feature the top-seeded Florida Gators, and Oklahoma, the defending national champions.

Needing just one win to advance to the Women's College World Series championship round for the second consecutive season after cruising through its first two games of the tournament, OU found itself in a battle against OR at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

Ball game!#Sooners will defend their national title Monday night against Florida after defeating OR 4-2! However, Oregon pitcher Megan Kleist was unable to get a shutdown inning, as the Sooners chased Kleist with four runs in the bottom half of the inning.

She wasn't even supposed to bunt, but with a 2-2 count and a second-inning strikeout still lingering in her mind, Wodach knew she had to make something happen for the Sooners.

The Sooners took advantage, following up the defensive miscue with an infield single by Kelsey Arnold and a fielder's choice by Nicole Mendes, scoring their first run. Shay Knighten then hit a bloop single into right field that plated two more runs and put Oklahoma on top 3-2.

OR was unable to threaten the Sooners the rest of the way, going down in order in the sixth and seventh innings.

Oklahoma brought Paige Lowary into the game to replace Megan Parker in the sixth.

Kleist (21-4) had her fellow pitchers' backs in Saturday's opener against Baylor, getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation with the Ducks up three in the seventh.

OR extended its lead in the third off Walljasper.

OR managed to get one runner and Danica Mercado hit a two-run homer to take a 2-0 lead, but the Sooners weren't to be counted out.

After an hour, 13-minute rain delay, OR scored two more against Rodoni as Alexis Mack and Nikki Udria singled and scored on Camuso's two-run double to left field in the third inning. In her first season with a full-time share of plate appearances, Ocasio ranks fourth on the team in total bases.

Paige Parker tossed 6.1 strong innings as Oklahoma trumped Washington, 3-1, to advance to the WCWS semifinals.

Oregon, which won its first 35 games this season, finished 54-7.

Gourley, also a member of the national team, was dominant in Florida's 5-2 semifinal win over Washington. The victor will meet Oklahoma for the bracket championship on Sunday afternoon.

OR catcher Gwen Serkis was forced to make a throw and fired the ball wide of first base to start a four-run rally.

When the ball dinged off her bat in the bottom of the fifth inning of OU's 4-2 win against Oregon, Wodach took off toward first base. Lowary earned her 10th save of the season. A four-run fifth inning made all the difference as Oklahoma overcame a Danica Mercado two-run homer earlier in that frame. Kvistad went 2-for-4 with three RBIs for Florida, as her solo home run in the first gave the SEC champions a 1-0 lead and her two-run single put the Gators up 4-0 in the second. Chelsea Herndon roped a two-run double into the leftfield corner, plating Aleshia Ocasio and pinch runner Alex Voss.

After Taylor Ellis led off the inning with a hit by pitch, Sydney Christensen broke up the no-hit bid with a single up the middle.

A big thank you to the greatest fans in the nation for your support all season!

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