|W - E. Renfroe (30-7)||7.0||5||0||0||2||6|
|L - Stevens (36-8)||5.0||3||4||4||3||6|
|S - None||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|OU - Pendley||3||0||2||0||0||0|
|TENN - Geer||3||1||1||1||0||1|
|Player of the Game|
|Shelby Pendley // Jr. // IF/P
Pendley was 2-3 in Saturday's game, collecting two of the Sooners' five hits. In addition, she pitched the sixth inning and faced just three batters.
NORMAN, Okla. – No. 7 Oklahoma’s offense was held in check by Tennessee starter Ellen Renfroe as the Sooners (49-11) saw their 16-game win streak end with a 4-0 loss to the No. 10 Lady Vols (46-11) in game two of the Norman Super Regional.
Game three will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN. It was originally scheduled to be played 45 minutes after the conclusion of game two, but game two started at 4:10 p.m. and did not finish until 10:34 due to a rain delay of three hours and 54 minutes in the top of the second inning.
Fans with ticket stubs from game two will be admitted for game three. If there are additional seats available, they will go on sale in the bottom of the first inning.
In addition to their 16-game winning streak, OU’s 14-game postseason win streak, 14-game home winning streak and seven-game Super Regional win streak were all snapped with the loss.
Attendance was announced at 1,751, the largest crowd in Marita Hynes Field history. The top three attendance figures at the facility have all come this month.
Tennessee struck first in the second inning when Megan Geer sent a line drive homer to the bleachers in left to lead off the frame.
The Lady Vols then added to their lead with a three-run fourth.
With runners on second and third and one out, the Sooners intentionally walked SEC Player of the Year Madison Shipman to load the bases. Back-to-back walks from Oklahoma starter Kelsey Stevens made it 3-0 in Tennessee’s favor, while a fielding error by junior Georgia Casey at shortstop enabled a fourth run to score.
The damage could’ve been worse but sophomore right fielder Erin Miller caught a fly ball from Geer and fired home to sophomore catcher Whitney Ellis who applied the tag to Lexi Overstreet to end the inning.
The Sooners had scoring chances early but ended up stranding runners.
In the first, senior Destinee Martinez hit a leadoff single and stole second. Two batters later, junior Shelby Pendley singled to right field and Martinez moved up to third. Pendley stole second after a popup, but a strikeout ended the scoring threat.
One inning later, junior Callie Parsons hit a one-out single to left field. A sacrifice bunt from senior Javen Henson then advanced to Parsons to second base. Miller came up next and got to a 1-0 count but then lightning was detected in the area at 4:37 p.m. and rain followed, prompting the 3:54 delay.
When play resumed at 8:31 p.m., Miller coaxed a walk to put runners on first and second base, but a strikeout once again halted the Sooners’ momentum.
Oklahoma again put two runners on in the third inning as juniors Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Tennessee countered, though, with a double play and another strikeout to keep OU off the board.
From there, Renfroe retired the next 11 batters until the seventh inning when OU again threatened.
Ellis led off with a four-pitch walk. After a pair of outs, Miller was hit by a pitch, putting the potential tying run on deck. The game ended, however, when Martinez grounded out to shortstop.