Oklahoma softball: Sooners to play for its second consecutive national championship

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LSU's Allie Walljasper (25) pitches against OR during a Women's College World Series softball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Oregon's Miranda Elish (40) waits to throw a pitch in the second inning before the game was delayed due to weather during the Women's College World Series softball game between the OR and Baylor at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Saturday, June 3, 2017.

The best-of-three game championship series will feature the top-seeded Florida Gators, and Oklahoma, the defending national champions.

But catalyzed by Wodach's bunt, the Sooners didn't conform to the tournament trend, and instead, they will play in the championship series for the fourth time in program history.

"In big settings like this, you have to be ideal", Coach Patty Gasso said.

"I talked to her at the end of the season past year and just made it perfectly clear that her one pitch didn't cost us the game", Florida coach Tim Walton said. But we dug ourselves in a hole once again and you just can't do that this time of year and expect to keep going out of it.

Paige Parker (26-5) earned the win and Paige Lowary got the save against Oregon. The Gators will either Oklahoma in the championship series beginning Monday.

OR added to the lead in the bottom of the third as Alexis Mack, who scored on Svekis' home run, grounded to Sanchez at third who threw wide of first and when the ball was finally picked up, Mack ended up on third with a great slide to avoid the tag.

Gourley, who has now gone 60.1 innings without giving up an earned run dating back to April, struck out 10 Huskies to set the new 2017 WCWS high after Oregon's Megan Kleist struck out nine hitters in the Ducks' 4-1 win over LSU Saturday night.

The inning started innocently enough as junior Lea Wodach bunted with a two-strike count, but the throw from OR catcher Gwen Svekis was wide and went into right field, allowing Wodach to reach second base. Wodach ended up on second.

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"Holy cow, that really saved our bacon", OR coach Mike White said.

"Obviously the thing I'd like to see going forward, and I think this tournament has really illustrated it, is the need for an instant [video] replay, a need for the ability to make a challenge", he told the Eugene Register-Guard newspaper. “Theres been so many games decided by some calls that could have gone — I think were incorrect calls to be quite frank, and that made a big difference.

The Ducks (53-7) advanced to play LSU in an elimination game Saturday night. After sophomore Raegan Rogers entered as a pinch runner, junior Kelsey Arnold pulled a single into right field to put runners on the corners.

Freshman Nicole Mendes comes up for her at-bat, fielder's choice, Rogers scores.

Knighten had hoped to make better contact. Not to mention, her 8.0 innings of brilliance a day earlier may have taken a toll on her. Shay Knighten then hit a bloop single into right field that plated two more runs and put Oklahoma on top 3-2.

Julie DePonte hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning after Kvistad's two-out fielding error extended the inning.

Ball game!#Sooners will defend their national title Monday night against Florida after defeating OR 4-2! The Sooners view themselves as underdogs.

Florida is the favorite, and should be, but Oklahoma matches up well with them, their playing really well, and they're playing only a few miles away from Norman. "They don't want it to end".

Gourley (22-4) gave up two hits and walked one to lower her ERA to 0.64, fourth in the nation.

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