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.”