13 Oklahoma State
NORMAN At the Women's College World Series has beented little time by Oklahoma to hold its own against the state of Oklahoma.
Triggered by a first inning with three runs, the Sooners scored a 6-1 win over the Cowgirls on Friday night before overflowing 9,820 at the US Hall of Fame Stadium. It was the biggest meeting ever at the WCWS.
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] "We knew it would be a crazy atmosphere, crazy fans, both sides converging," said Caleigh Clifton, senior second baseman at OU. "It was a fun environment."
With the victory, the best-placed Sooners (56-3) are now free on Saturday and will play again in this double elimination tournament at 14.30 clock. Sunday. OU would have to lose twice on Sunday to avoid the best-of-three championship series starting on Monday.
The Sooners have won Bedlam 24 times in a row and 27 of their last 28 meetings. OU are 4-0 against the Cowgirls this season (45-16) and have won with a combined score of 22-3.
"It's very difficult," said Earlyers coach Patty Gasso, having beaten OSU four times in a season. "That's why this team sometimes amazes me – the state of Oklahoma got some really good impulses in the postseason, they can feel that about them, they're gamer, they play hard, I really believe that – and I think they say so – but we improve each other and when we play them we always feel the pressure of them, either we will pause or we will rise and that is really a sign of your team. "
Giselle Juarez (28-1), junior OU's left-hander started the second night in a row, beating Alabama 8 points in a 3-2 win on Thursday, scoring four goals and nine goals, killing 97 fields in a single game did not think that (Thursday) was my best performance, "Juarez said.
Juarez allowed a run, a walk and four hits in 6.0 innings and 81 pitches against the cowgirls, scoring 11 goals including six sts aight to finish her working evening. The younger right-handed Shannon Saile relieved Juarez and added two own strikeouts.
"It's an incredible feat to beat a good batting team 13 times in a row," said Gasso.
Heralded senior right trader Samantha Show (22-9), who completed two solo homeruns on Thursday night to lead the 13 -sissued cowgirls to a 2-1 win over five-piece Florida, wounds against Juarez with two strikeouts at 0: 3.
"I know she's a good batsman. She proves that, "said Juarez of Show. "I think it just upset her and told me that my pitches are against her and are attacking her."
The Sooners ended with eight goals, all from different players.
As a visiting team. OU jumped to the front and collected four hits in the first inning. Fale Aviu doubled to the right and advanced to third place on a show wild pitch. Clifton left, stealing second place and both runners scored a right-foot strike from Jocelyn Alo.
Alo advanced to second place on Show's second wild inning pitch, then moved to Grace Green's single to shortstop in third place. Shay Knighten threw Alo 1-0 in midfield to give OU a 3-0 lead before the cowgirls had a chance to beat. Show, which left the distance behind and threw 109 pitches in the OSU's 2-1 win against Florida on Thursday night, needed 23 pitches to pull out of the inning as eight Sooners hit the plate.
) wanted to attack our zone and we also wanted to be in attack mode, "Clifton said. "We only wanted to score early and we often wanted to score points. The first inning, something just clicked for us. "
Show threw 73 pitch before being replaced after 4.0 innings after six hits and two hits by right-hander Logan Simunek.
The Sooners added three runs at the top of the sixth innings, all with two exits and loaded bases. Aviu got an RBI on a walk, Clifton got an RBI when she was hit by a bad luck, and Alo was run for her third RBI of the game to set the final lead.
The game ended just before midnight. This is partly due to a 19-minute delay as the lights over the bleachers in the right-hand field at the top of the fifth inning darkened.
Players from both teams interacted with their fans during the delay to keep the festive atmosphere alive. "It was pretty cool," said Nicole Mendes about the crowd's commitment. "I think we already had a party, but when the lights went out we had a chance to take the whole lot with us."
The scene fits in with what Gasso has been emphasizing with her team all season.  "We talked about embracing and loving those memories and moments because this team will never be a team again," said Gasso. "Eventually it will end and not miss it."