Auburn Grand Slam Evens WCWS Finals With Sooners

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Auburn’s Emily Carasone hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Tigers an 11-7 win over Oklahoma in Game 2 of the Women’s College World Series Finals on Tuesday night, June 7, at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, tying the series at one game each.

The home run capped a comeback from seven runs down, equaling the greatest comeback in WCWS history.

Oklahoma took a 7-0 lead on the Tigers, scoring six runs in the top of the second inning, which started with a solo home run from Kady Self.

A pair of squeeze bunts by Caleigh Clifton and Shay Knighten brought in runs, and RBI singles from Sydney Romero and Nicole Pendley added to the damage.

Auburn answered with five runs in the bottom of the second inning against OU starting pitcher Kelsey Stevens, who got the nod over Sooner ace Paige Parker.

Parker had pitched every inning in the postseason and Sooner coach Patty Gasso decided to rest her in Game 2.

In the 4th, Auburn tied it when Kasey Cooper hit a two-run home run off OU freshman pitcher Jayden Chestnut, making it 7-7.

It looked like OU was going to regain the lead in the top of the 6th inning when Knighten hit a deep ball to left field, but Auburn’s Tiffany Howard reached over the fence to make an incredible catch and take away the homer to keep the game tied.

The loss ends OU’s school record 31-game winning streak, and sets up the decisive Game 3 of the WCWS Finals on Wednesday night at 6:00 at Hall of Fame Stadium.

 

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