Wednesday, June 08, 2016

2016 WCWS Championship Round -- Game 3

The deciding game for the national championship is underway...

Two Oklahoma singles, combined with two Auburn errors, put two runs across for Sooners in bottom of first... 2-0 OU...

Auburn leaves runners on first and second in top second, as Paige Parker's change-up fools Auburn batter for strikeout... OU can't build on a one-out single in the bottom half...

Tigers get first two runners on in top of third -- Parker drops soft pop-up to her, then Auburn bunt goes for base-hit...  Kasey Cooper flares a single to right-center, loading the bases for Emily Carosone, who hit last night's walk-off grand slam... Carosone strikes out on three pitches... Carlee Wallace up... Grounds into 6-4-3 double-play to end threat... Sooners don't score in bottom half, leaving runner on first...

Leadoff homer to left from Jade Rhodes cuts Tiger deficit to 2-1... Haley Fagan walks on full count... Nothing more for Auburn in top of fourth... Two-out walk for OU in bottom half... Ground-out on chopper to third (close play at first) ends inning...

Auburn down in order in top of fifth... Likewise Oklahoma in the bottom half... Not much to write about!

Same for Auburn in top of sixth... One-out single up the middle for Fale Aviu... After Nicole Pendley fly-out, Kady Self beats out dribbler to third... First and second with two outs... Grounder for force at second ends inning... Tiger pitcher Makayla Martin has now completed six innings with no earned-runs allowed...

Auburn coming up in top of seventh, trailing 2-1. Last chance for Tigers... Madi Gipson leads off... Strikes out swinging... Whitney Jordan next... Fly-out to center... Pinch-hitter Courtney Shea represents Tigers' final hope... Foul pop along right-field line just evades OU fielders. Count is 1-2... Now 3-2 count, a little drama... Shea keeps fouling off pitches... On tenth pitch, grounds out to second...

OU wins Game 3 by a 2-1 score, for the Sooners' third national championship in program history.