Oklahoma softball: Lady Vols shut out Sooners to force Game 3

Kelsey Stevens still only allowed three hits, but walked in a pair of runs as Tennessee evened its best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series at one game apiece with a 4-0 win Saturday night at Marita Hynes Field.
by Scott Wright Published: May 24, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma's Kelsey Stevens pitches as the University of Oklahoma Sooner (OU) softball team plays Tennessee in game two of the NCAA super regional at Marita Hynes Field on May 24, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Kelsey Stevens pitches as the University of Oklahoma Sooner (OU) softball team plays Tennessee in game two of the NCAA super regional at Marita Hynes Field on May 24, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

NORMAN — The pitches that were catching the corners of home plate for Oklahoma pitcher Kelsey Stevens a night earlier were just missing the edges Saturday.

Stevens still only allowed three hits, but walked in a pair of runs as Tennessee evened its best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series at one game apiece with a 4-0 win Saturday night at Marita Hynes Field.

Stevens wasn’t the only Sooner who was just a little off in a game that was delayed by rain for nearly four hours.

The OU hitters struggled to make solid contact on Tennessee pitcher Ellen Renfroe all night, leading to a constant string of soft popups and easy groundouts.

The deciding game of the Super Regional was originally going to be played late Saturday night, but coaches for both teams were against the idea. Instead, the series will be decided at 2 p.m. Sunday, with the winner advancing to the Women’s College World Series at Oklahoma City’s ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

As of late Saturday night, it had not been determined which ESPN network would broadcast the game.

Tennessee got on the board in the bottom of the second inning with a hard line drive by Megan Geer that barely cleared the left-field wall for a 1-0 lead.


by Scott Wright
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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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