Auburn eliminated by Oklahoma in Game Two of Auburn Super Regional
- Author: Julie Sanders May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 13:21
OU will play the victor of the Arizona/Baylor Super Regional in its opening game at the WCWS.
"I have no real words to say other than the fact that I felt that we were a better team than what we played", said head coach Clint Myers.
The Super Regional loss ends the Tigers season, and is the first time in three seasons that Auburn will not be making the trip to Oklahoma City. We got beat by a very good Oklahoma team.
"I can't tell you how proud I am of this group, coming on the road and fighting hard to get to the World Series", Gasso said.
The No. 7 Sooners won two of three against Baylor during conference play in Norman.
Two runs were not enough for the Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Jane.
Nicole Pendley drove in four of OU's five runs and opened the scoring with a three-run blast to right field in the second inning.
In the top of the third, Auburn's Kasey Cooper sends one to deep left, but Oklahoma outfielder Macey Hatfield is there to stop it with a catch at the wall in the Sooners' win over the Tigers. OU piled on with two more runs in the seventh inning, thanks to RBI-singles from Knighten and Sydney Romero.
Oklahoma elected to start freshman right-hander Mariah Lopez, who allowed one run on two hits in 2 1/3 innings and Paige Lowary allowed one unearned run on two hits and struck out five over 5 2/3 innings of relief to earn the win. Casey McCrackin provided the pop in the lineup with a solo home run, while Kasey Cooper, Victoria Draper and Courtney Shea notched singles.
It almost proved to be the turning point in the game: Kasey Cooper almost left the park on the first pitch she saw, but left fielder Macey Hatfield made a leaping grab against the wall to save what might have been a home run.
"It's amusing, because the last few years, she's gotten the best of me", Cooper said of Lowary.
The Tigers got a taste of redemption earlier this season when the teams met in a season-opening game in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on February 9. "But they got us to where we are". For the second straight day, the Sooners scored late runs to put Auburn away.
"When I was a kid, everybody wanted to go to Bama. That whole defending the title thing was in our way and we finally figured out how to let that go and just play". Make no mistake this team is special.
"For the seniors that are leaving I feel bad", stated Myers.
But when the last out was recorded on June 8, it was the Tigers who were left to watch Oklahoma celebrate its third national championship, knowing they had come so tantalizingly close to winning their first. "We did. When you are playing good teams, you can't make mistakes".