Comeback Bid Falls Short at WCWS for OU

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 31, 2014
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ORE 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 4 7 1
OU 0 0 0 1 1 0 x 2 6 0
W - Hawkins (35-5) 6.1 4 2 2 4 5
L - Pendley (2-1) 2.1 3 3 3 1 1
S - None -- -- -- -- -- --
Individual Leaders
OU - Pendley 4 1 2 1 0 1
ORE - Takeda 4 1 2 2 0 0
Player of the Game
PendleyShelby Pendley // Jr. // IF/P
Pendley did a bit of everything for the Sooners Saturday. She made just the second start of her career and held Oregon to three runs in 2.1 innings. At the plate, she was 2-4 with her team-best 19th home run of the season.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – No. 7 Oklahoma’s rally from an early 3-0 deficit came up just short as their season came to a close with a 4-2 loss to top-seeded Oregon (56-8-1) Saturday night in the Women’s College World Series.

The Sooners’ season ends with a 51-13 record, their fourth-highest win total in a season in program history.

Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, Oklahoma was able to get the tying run on base and the potential winning run at the plate.

Sophomore Whitney Ellis led off with a single to left field to snap an 0-16 hitting slump. A groundout moved Ellis to second and two batters later junior Shelby Pendley reached on an infield single to put runners on the corners with two outs.

Unfortunately a groundout to shortstop turned into a force play at second to end the game and the season.

Oregon took a 3-0 lead in the third inning.

With two on and one out, Janie Takeda hit a run-scoring double to left center to chase OU starter Shelby Pendley. With sophomore Kelsey Stevens on in relief, Kailee Cuico hit a grounder to the hole at shortstop that deflected off junior Jessica Vest as she slid to make a backhanded stop. The ball kicked away and allowed two more runners to score.

Oklahoma cut into the lead in the fourth inning.

Junior Georgia Casey led off the frame by collecting the Sooners’ first hit of the contest with a sharp single to center field. Sophomore Erin Miller went back-to-back with Casey as she singled back up the middle, moving Casey to third.

After a steal of second by a Miller and a foul out, junior Jessica Vest dropped an RBI single into shallow left center to score Casey and make it 3-1. With sophomore Whitney Ellis batting, Miller was picked off third on a failed squeeze attempt. Vest reached second on the play, but a groundout ended the threat.

The Sooners trimmed the lead to 3-2 in the fifth when Pendley connected on a towering home run to right field. It was the 60th of her career, 41st as a Sooner and her team-best 19th long-ball of the season.

Oregon added an insurance run in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Takeda.



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