Saturday, April 18, 2015

OU's Chamberlain Ties All-Time Home-Run Record & Alabama/Auburn Updates

As seen this afternoon on regional Fox Sports television, Oklahoma's Lauren Chamberlain has just drilled a Baylor pitch to straightaway center, over the fence, to tie UCLA great Stacey Nuveman for the all-time NCAA Division I home-run record at 90. Click here for the Twitter tweet from the official OU softball feed.

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In anticipation of bad weather on Sunday, Alabama and Auburn are playing two today to complete their three-game series. Following up its 6-0 opening win Friday night, the visiting Crimson Tide has taken Saturday's first game, 13-3.

Game 3 is currently underway. Alabama looked well on its way to a series sweep, jumping out to a 5-2 lead after three and one-half innings. However, Auburn tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth...

The Tide puts up a five-spot in the top of the sixth, to lead 10-5...

But Auburn's not going quietly, narrowing the deficit to 10-9 after six...

Tigers have the tying run on third and winning run on first, with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Grounder to pitcher on which Bama clumsily gets an out at first allows runner to score from third tying the game, and runner on first to advance all the way to third. Intentional walk gives Auburn runners on first and third. Hit-batter on a two-strike pitch loads the bases.

KEY PLAY: After third pitch to next hitter (making count 1-2), Tide catcher (naturally) tosses ball back to pitcher. Auburn runner tries to catch Bama off guard by darting for home on steal attempt, but Tide pitcher reacts quickly and throws runner out at plate. Going to extras...

Alabama gets a two-run dinger in the top of the eighth; Tide leads 12-10...

An Auburn double puts tying runs on second and third with one out in bottom of eighth. A walk loads the bases...

Single ties game, 12-12. Runners on first and second, still only one out...

Bama gets force at second on grounder to middle infield; throw to first for attempted double-play goes awry, allowing Auburn to score winning run! Final: 13-12 Tigers.