Sooners advance to Super Regionals
When Oklahomans hear the Sooners are in the Super Regional, it seems like a foregone conclusion. That's the norm for OU. It's part of the school's tradition.
That was hardly the case for the Sooners' softball team this weekend as the host school had to claw its way back from the bottom of the regional barrel after being upset in the very first game by North Dakota State.
On the brink of elimination, the Sooners won four consecutive games in less than 48 hours to survive and advance to their eighth straight Super Regional.
A 3-0 win over in-state rival Tulsa in the regional championship game Monday afternoon did the trick.
Before Monday, less than two percent of teams since 2005 have lost their first game only to advance out of regionals. The Sooners decided to join that exclusive club, becoming only the eighth out of 416 to do so.
Oklahoma (54-9) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of a Nicole Mendes solo home run and never looked back. Tulsa (41-17) couldn't muster any runs as OU starter Paige Parker tossed a complete-game shutout to complete the Sooners' dramatic and drawn-out weekend comeback.
Parker, who moved to an impressive 22-5 on the mound this season, struck out 10 batters in seven innings. Parker gave up one walk and scattered 10 hits but the junior left-hander relied on solid defense from her teammates to prevent any runs from crossing the plate. Parker is now 16-2 in her collegiate postseason career.