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.
The Sooners saw their season end with a 4-2 loss to top-seeded Oregon in an elimination game Saturday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso gambled by starting Shelby Pendley over pitching ace Kelsey Stevens. Pendley, who entered the game with a 1.66 ERA in 38 innings, got through the first two innings, but the Oregon bats caught up to her the second time through the lineup.
Pendley hit the leadoff batter in the third inning, then issued a one-out walk before Janie Takeda ripped an RBI double.
Gasso promptly pulled Pendley, but Stevens allowed a double to the first batter she faced, Kailee Cuico, scoring two more for a 3-0 Ducks lead.
OU finally got its first hit in the fourth inning, with singles by Georgia Casey and Erin Miller to start the inning. Jessica Vest drove in a run with a single, but a botched squeeze bunt attempt killed the momentum.
The Sooners added another run when Pendley hit a two-out home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, her second of the WCWS.
A potential scoring opportunity in the sixth inning was hurt when Casey was thrown out on a questionable call at second base. OU would have had runners on first and second with no outs, but instead, a fielder’s choice and a popup ended the inning.
Whitney Ellis singled to start the seventh, but after a groundout, Lauren Chamberlain struck out. Pendley kept hope alive with an infield single, but Brittany Williams grounded out to end the game.
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