The defending national champion Oklahoma Sooners will have to wait one more day to continue their return journey to the Women’s College World Series in nearby Oklahoma City.
The No. 7 seed Lady Sooners were shut out 4-0 in a game delayed almost four hours by inclement weather. Sooner starting pitcher Kelsey Stevens, who has won 36 games with only eight losses this season, ran into trouble in the fifth inning, issuing two bases-loaded free passes that put the visiting Volunteers up 3-0.
Volunteer second baseman Megan Geer clubbed a solo home run in the second inning right after play resumed to put Tennessee, the 10 seed in the NCAA Championship, up 1-0 and proved to be all the runs starting Vol pitcher Ellen Renfroe would need.
Tennessee only collected three hits in the game, but Renfroe shut down the potent OU offense, limiting the Sooners to just five hits. OU third baseman Shelby Pendley had two of the five Sooner hits.
The loss ended the Lady Sooners’ 16-game winning streak and halted a 14-game postseason win streak and a 14-game home winning streak.
An announced attendance of 1,751 was a single-game record at Marita Hynes Field in Norman.
The third and deciding game was to be played immediately following Game 2 in the Super Regional contest on Saturday, but the extended weather delay pushed the end of the game to after 10:30 p.m., so Game 3 was rescheduled for Sunday.
These two teams are very familiar with one another. The same two schools met a year ago in the Women’s College World Series championship series, won by the Sooners in a two-game sweep.