Oregon advances to the 2:30 p.m. game against Alabama on Sunday, needing to beat the Crimson Tide twice to advance to the WCWS championship series.
The Sooners advanced to Saturday night’s game with a 3-1 win over Louisiana-Lafayette behind a strong effort from Stevens earlier in the day.
Louisiana-Lafayette had baserunners in each of the final six innings, once loading the bases with one out, and Stevens never gave in.
Stevens allowed only a solo home run to ULL’s Lexie Elkins, her 24th of the year, but otherwise stranded 11 ULL runners on the base paths. Stevens gave up six hits and three walks, while striking out seven.
The Sooners did their damage with big hits. Brittany Williams’ two-run double in the first inning gave OU a 2-0 lead that stood until Callie Parsons added another in the sixth with an inside-the-park home run.
A crowd of 9,323 was announced, the largest crowd for the Saturday night session in WCWS history. It was also the third-largest crowd for any session. In all, 18,515 fans came through the gates at Hall of Fame Stadium on Saturday.