NORMAN, Okla. – In a rematch of last season’s Women’s College World Series Finals, the seventh-seeded Oklahoma softball team will face No. 10 Tennessee in the Norman Super Regional starting Friday night, the NCAA has announced. The winner of the best-of-three series advances to the 2014 Women’s College World Series.
The Sooners (48-10) and Lady Volunteers (45-10) will kick off the Super Regional round in front of a national television audience on ESPN2 Friday at 6 p.m. at Marita Hynes Field. The two teams will then meet again on Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN. If necessary, a third game will be played at 7 p.m. on Saturday night on ESPN2.
This will be the fourth time in their history that the Sooners have hosted a Super Regional since the format was introduced in 2005. OU has won six straight Super Regional games, sweeping Arizona in Tucson in 2011 and 2012 and taking both games against Texas A&M last season. All-time, Oklahoma is 8-8 in this stage of the postseason.
Oklahoma trails Tennessee in the all-time series, 3-2, but swept both games last season to capture the program’s second national championship.
Game one will long be remembered in WCWS lore for OU’s 5-3, 12-inning victory. The contest was scoreless through 10 innings before Tennessee’s Madison Shipman hit a three-run home run in the top of the 11th. Oklahoma answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, including two with the Sooners down to their final strike. In the bottom of the 12th, Lauren Chamberlain hit a walkoff, two-run home run to give OU the 1-0 series lead.
In game two, Michelle Gascoigne struck out 12 and allowed just three hits with no walks, while fellow senior Keilani Ricketts drove in all four runs as Oklahoma finished the two-game sweep with a 4-0 victory.
All-sessions tickets for the Super Regional are on sale now on SoonerSports.com and by phone at 405-325-2424 or 800-456-GoOU. Single-session tickets, if availability remains, will not go on sale until Friday at the Oklahoma Softball Complex box office beginning at 4:30 p.m.
|All Session Reserved||$25.00|
|All Session General Admission - Adult||$20.00|
|All Session General Admission - Youth/OU Student/Senior Citizen||$15.00|
|Single Session Reserved||$15.00|
|Single Session General Admission - Adult||$12.00|
|Single Session General Admission - Youth/OU Student/Senior Citizen||$8.00|
Youth = Ages 2-18
Senior Citzen = Ages 55 and older
OU Student = Must show valid OU student ID when purchasing
Children Ages 1 and Under = Free Admission