May 16, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. -- The seventh national seeded Oklahoma softball team (40-15) dropped its first ever regional game (18-1) at Marita Hynes Field Saturday afternoon, as the North Dakota State Bison (36-18) upset the Sooners 1-0 in 11 innings.
The two squads returned to the field at noon after inclement weather delayed the contest Friday evening with the score deadlocked at zero.
"We just couldn't get anything to fall," Sooner head coach Patty Gasso said. "We had chances to win today, we had chances to win late yesterday and at this stage of the game when you are in postseason, championship teams find ways to do that."
Bison Jackie Currie broke the scoreless drought in the top of the 11th with a solo homer to left field with two outs off Sooner pitcher Allee Allen.
Allen (14-4) replaced Sooner starter D.J. Mathis in the eighth inning to take the loss for Oklahoma. Mathis struck out nine batters, while Allen fanned two.
Bison pitcher Andi Padilla turned in an impressive coast-to-coast performance against the Sooners, holding Oklahoma to just two total hits.
"Her mixing of speeds was really frustrating this team," Gasso said. "I think that it was a tough situation and we just couldn't get any momentum."
Krystle Huey and Haley Anderson connected on OU's two hits in the ninth and 10th innings, respectively.
OU faces Arkansas in an elimination game scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. CT. The Sooners must register four straight wins over the next two days to advance to the super regional next weekend.
"We are definitely the underdogs now," Gasso said. "Are we going to be able to step up to that role? We have most of the season so it's now or never. Either you do it or you don't. These guys are fighters and I believe they will come through."