Oklahoma softball: Top-seeded Oregon ends Sooners' season

Oklahoma’s powerful lineup never could get going. Not Saturday night nor at any of the three games it played at the Women’s College World Series.
by Scott Wright Published: June 1, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma's Erin Miller is thrown out trying to return to third with a tag by Oregon's Courtney Ceo in the tenth game of the Women's College World Series softball tournament between Oklahoma and Oregon at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Erin Miller is thrown out trying to return to third with a tag by Oregon's Courtney Ceo in the tenth game of the Women's College World Series softball tournament between Oklahoma and Oregon at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

After averaging nearly seven runs per game during the season, OU managed only seven total runs in three WCWS games. Oklahoma’s season ended at 51-13, with its fourth consecutive WCWS appearance, the longest active streak in the country.

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.

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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