NORMAN – After assembly In the first season, which scored a record 41 games in the first season, the softball team of Oklahoma was suddenly only seven innings away from the elimination of the NCAA tournament on Sunday afternoon.
Head coach Patty Gasso admitted that the Sooners were leaning against the wall with their backs was exactly what their team needed, having completed three full months without defeat.
Wisconsin pushed the OU to the brink of elimination by giving the nation's best regional hosts a 2-1
In one fell swoop, the Badgers not only ended the winning streak in OU's 41 games, but also continued the winning streak in Sooners' 49 games at home, handing them their first-ever defeat of the season after Buildi ng from left-back Ass Giselle Juarez a 24-0 record.
"Not that we planned it that way, but I think it worked out well for us because we were just a bit shallow," Gasso said of her team, which had not lost since February 22 against the secondary UCLA. "If you stand with your back against the wall, it's a character builder, either you'll be there or not, you'll be afraid to lose, or you'll play to win."
OU (52-3 ) responded with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Wisconsin (43-14) in the winner, "I thought Wisconsin gave us a very valuable lesson on how to play for free and how to play to win," Gasso said afterwards , "Anyone who can teach us a lesson will take care of it, we're humble enough to know that there are things we need to learn about the game."
The only way to challenge the resilience of the Sooners was through it "We're glad we do not have to talk about this winning streak," Gasso said. "Leaning your back against the wall is probably the most valuable thing that's happened to us all season."  The Sooners took a 1-0 lead in the third inning as Catcher Lynnsie Elam started with a double in the middle of the center, Raegan Rogers ran for Elam and eventually hit the sacrifice goal of Sydney Romero, the big 12-player of the year a lazy area captured along the fence along the third base line.
OU scored the 2-0 in the fourth game First baseman's solo homer Grace Green went to the left.
Badgers junior right-hander Kaitlyn Menz (21-9) threw two full games against the Sooners on Sunday, allowing only nine goals and three runs and eight in 14 innings and 8 of them scoring 193 shots.
"It was phenomenal," Green said about Menz, who always brought the OU players out of balance by interfering with a drop ball and changing their fastball. "To throw two games like this is a dream for me."
There was a 40-minute break between games, and the Sooners did their best to lift their spirits by turning on music, dancing around, and eating sandwiches in their locker room. "We were just trying to be in a good mood to prepare for this game," said Green. "Just have fun and shoot all our arrows, work as hard as you can and do not push. Play to win and fear nothing.
The Sooners perform in the Super Region for the tenth consecutive year, aiming for their thirteenth WCWS appearance of all 25 seasons under Gasso, plus the season before their arrival. Only Arizona has a long run of 32 in a row and the Sooners are in contact with Washington on the second longest run.
This is the second time that OU is # 1 in the NCAA tournament. The previous time was 2013, when the Sooners brought their second national title.
OU participated in the tournament that led the nation, with a strike average (.365), earned average (1.15), fielding percentage (.986) and home runs per game (1.90), Base percentage (0.456), shutouts (23), percentage of slugging (0.675), strike-to-walk ratio (6.87) and win-loss percentage (0.661).