The Tide Is In: Grand Slam Sends Alabama Past Oklahoma in Super Regional
Alabama’s Marisa Runyon hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 6th inning to give the Crimson Tide the lead on their way to a 5-3 win over Oklahoma in Game 3 of the NCAA softball super regional in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Saturday night.
The home run was the final big blow in a game of significant home runs, and was the key play that ended the Sooners’ season and sent the Crimson Tide to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City next week.
OU senior Lauren Chamberlain accounted for all three Sooner runs with a pair of home runs in her final game in an Oklahoma uniform.
With Alabama leading 1-0 in the top of the 5th inning, Chamberlain belted a line drive two-run home run to left field to put the Sooners on top 2-1.
She added a solo home run to left field in the 6th inning to extend the OU lead to 3-1.
Chamberlain finished her career with 95 home runs, an NCAA career record.
Chamberlain also ends her career with the highest slugging percentage in NCAA history, and also has several other OU and Big 12 career records, including runs batted in, runs scored, and walks.
OU freshman pitcher Paige Parker got into trouble in the bottom of the 6th, however, allowing a base hit, a walk, and a hit batter to load the bases, setting the stage for Runyon’s home run.
Oklahoma’s season comes to an end at 49-9, and one win short of their fifth straight apperance in the Women’s College World Series.
The Sooner senior class finished with the best winning percentage in school history, going 211-36 for an .854 win percentagae, and won four Big 12 titles, appeared in three Women’s College World Series, and won the 2013 national championship.
Alabama becomes the fifth team to advance to the WCWS in Oklahoma City, joining their first round opponent Michigan, Auburn, Oregon, and Tennessee.
It’s the Crimson Tide’s 10th appearance in the WCWS, which begins Thursday, May 28 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.