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Oklahoma softball: Alabama stops Sooners in WCWS

Sooners manage just one hit in 6-2 loss to Crimson Tide. OU plays Louisiana-Lafayette at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
by Scott Wright Published: May 29, 2014


photo - OU's Kelsey Stevens reacts afterr giving up a run in the second inning of of a Women's College World Series game between at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City Thursday, May 29, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OU's Kelsey Stevens reacts afterr giving up a run in the second inning of of a Women's College World Series game between at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City Thursday, May 29, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

An inning later, Kallie Case singled and Jadyn Spencer followed with a line drive that barely cleared the left-field fence to make it 6-2.

OU’s Lauren Chamberlain got few chances to do any damage. She grounded out to shortstop in the first inning, then walked on four pitches in each of her next two plate appearances.

Sooner pitcher Kelsey Stevens (37-10) had been strong until the home run barrage in the fourth and fifth innings. She was pulled with one out in the fifth, having allowed six runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Pendley shifted to the circle to finish the game, holding Alabama hitless in the final 12/3 innings.

With hopes of defending their national title this week, the Sooners quickly find themselves playing for their lives on Saturday.

“I feel like we had an uncharacteristic offensive approach tonight,” OU coach Patty Gasso said. “I know we’re a better offensive team. I think the best way to say it is we were playing defense on offense. We’re better than that.

“We’ve got to regroup and come back and fight.”

by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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