Dramatic Sooner Rally Gigs the Aggies
Oklahoma’s softball team scored three runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to come from behind and beat Texas A&M in the NCAA Regional at Marita Hynes Field in Norman on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 8-7 with the bases loaded and two outs, OU scored the winning runs when Brittany Williams hit a ground ball to Aggie first baseman Jenna Stark, who misplayed the ball, allowing Williams to be safe, and scoring Javen Henson from third base and Destinee Martinez from second to win it 9-8.
It was OU’s 14th straight win overall to improve to 47-10, and continued several post-season winning streaks for the Sooners.
Oklahoma has won 12 straight NCAA Tournament games, 15 straight regional and super regional games, and 9 straight regional games.
It looked like the Sooners were headed for the losers’ bracket when Texas A&M pinch hitter Cali Lanphear belted a grand slam in the 6th inning to put the Aggies on top 7-4.
Lanphear swung at the first pitch she saw from OU’s Shelby Pendley, who came in to relieve starting pitcher Kelsey Stevens.
Oklahoma answered with a pair of solo home runs from Pendley and Williams in the bottom of the 6th inning to cut the Aggies lead to 7-6.
A&M got an insurance run home in the top of the 7th to go on top 8-6, setting up the Sooners’ dramatic rally in the bottom of the inning.
OU hit four home runs in the game, with Pendley hitting two homers, and Lauren Chamberlain belting a line drive down the left field line to help OU take a 4-0 lead.
The Aggies began their comeback with a three-run home run from Amber Garza in the fifth inning that cut the Sooner lead to 4-3.
Oklahoma advances to the regional championship at 1:00 Sunday, and will play either Hofstra or Texas A&M.
Hofstra eliminated Bryant 10-6 Saturday, to advance to meet the Aggies in an elimination game Saturday night.
The winner of the regional advances to the super regionals next weekend.