Auburn falls in Game One of Super Regionals to Oklahoma, faces Elimination Saturday
Kendall Veach recorded one of Auburn's four hits on Friday against Paige Parker and the Oklahoma Sooners
(Photo: Auburn Athletics/Dakota Sumpter)
Auburn falls in game one of Super Regionals to Oklahoma, faces elimination Saturday Friday’s Auburn Super Regional saw two teams scratch and claw for a lead for five innings. One team, however, drew first blood, ultimately winning the fight. The Oklahoma Sooners sent two runs across in the sixth and seventh innings, that was enough to down Auburn, 4-0 at Jane B. Moore Field. The matchup between Auburn’s Makayla Martin and Oklahoma’s Paige Parker lived up to expectations on Friday afternoon in game one of the super regional round of the NCAA Softball Tournament. Both tossed a complete game, with Parker winning the duel with a four-hit shutout, striking out 14 batters. Martin allowed three hits through five complete innings before the Sooner offense scored four runs on seven hits in the final two innings to win the game. Parker completed the game on 130 pitches, Martin with 129. Auburn was nearly out of the sixth inning when Oklahoma scored their first run of the game. Nicole Pendley got the Sooners on the board when her two-out double with two on scored Sydney Romero from third base to move Oklahoma ahead, 1-0. Oklahoma scored one more in the inning on an infield single by Macey Hatfield. Romero, along with Shay Knighten, added two RBI singles to the scoreboard in the seventh inning, to cap the scoring.
Kendall Veach, Kasey Cooper, Casey McCrackin, and Alyssa Rivera each recorded hits for Auburn.
Game two is set for 12 P.M. Saturday at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn, with Auburn needing a win to stay alive. An Oklahoma win would secure them a bid in the Women’s College World Series.