NORMAN — Oklahoma outfielders Destinee Martinez and Callie Parsons continued their run as two of the Sooners’ most reliable postseason players Sunday.
The duo accounted for six of Oklahoma’s 14 hits, and Martinez drove in four runs, as the Sooners beat Texas A&M 11-6 in Sunday’s NCAA Regional final, allowing OU to advance to host next weekend’s Super Regional against Tennessee.
“(Martinez has) always, since she’s been here, been really effective in postseason,” said OU coach Patty Gasso. “Parsons is starting to become the same way.
“Callie and Destinee had OK, good seasons, but not great. No ones cares; they care about what they’re doing right now. It’s the only thing that matters.”
The Sooners beat Tennessee in a two-game sweep of the Women’s College World Series championship series last season to win the national title. In Game 1, with the Sooners down in the bottom of the 11th inning, Martinez and Parsons each provided clutch hits that helped lead to a victory.
The Sooners trailed by three runs entering the half-inning, but Martinez hit an RBI triple and scored the tying run on Parson’s RBI double a few pitches later.
Sunday, Oklahoma fell behind 2-0 after Texas A&M’s Nicole Morgan blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.
Junior Georgia Casey’s solo home run in the top of the second cut the Aggies’ lead in half, and five batters later, Martinez ripped a three-run triple into left-center field to give OU a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
“We talk about one of my jobs is to just get the ball on the ground and move runners,” Martinez said. “With bases loaded, it’s kinda hard to move runners, so I was just looking for a pitch, and that’s what I got so I was able to handle it.”
Junior Lauren Chamberlain and senior Brittany Williams each hit home runs for Oklahoma, which scored two runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings each.
Martinez finished 3 for 5 with four RBIs, and Parsons was 3 for 4, scoring one of the runs on Martinez’s second-inning triple.
Tenth-seeded Tennessee advanced to the Super Regional with a 2-0 win over Lipscomb on Sunday.
Despite the Sooners’ championship series sweep last June, Tennessee began the season ranked No. 1. The Volunteers have reached the Women’s College World Series six times in the last nine seasons, while OU is seeking its fourth straight WCWS appearance.
“It’s exciting to think back to last year, but this is a brand new season and a different type of postseason for us,” Chamberlain said.