OU softball team advances to Super Regionals for 8th straight year

OU softball team advances to Super Regionals for 8th straight year

Oklahoma (51-9) advanced to play North Dakota State while Arkansas (31-24) ended its season after going 0-2 in the regional, including a 5-4 loss to Tulsa on Friday night.

The Sooners had to win four straight games, against Arkansas, NDSU and Tulsa, twice, to become just the eighth team since 2005 to win a regional after losing its first game.

Watch the dramatic moment below.

Friday's game is set to be televised on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. CT, while Saturday's tilt will be shown at 12 p.m. CT on ESPN. Nicole Mendes had an infield hit to second, Caleigh Clifton reached on a bunt single and then Shay Knighten hammered a three-run home run to left field.

Before Monday, less than two percent of teams since 2005 have lost their first game only to advance out of regionals.

When Oklahomans hear the Sooners are in the Super Regional, it seems like a foregone conclusion.

The Sooners are led by Paige Parker in the circle. Tulsa (41-17) couldn't muster any runs as OU starter Paige Parker tossed a complete-game shutout to complete the Sooners' dramatic and drawn-out weekend comeback.

TU had taken a 4-2 lead in the 10th when Tori Stafford doubled in Meg Withee, who had singled and came home on a Mad Withee single.

Hatfield's spectacular inning didn't end on offense as she closed the bottom of the inning with a diving catch in foul territory beyond the third baseline to quell a brewing two-out rally by the Golden Hurricane.

"Today was about making an adjustment from yesterday", Parker said. In the fifth frame, the Razorbacks put together a bases-loaded chance with two outs but came up empty on a groundout to first.

Oklahoma scored two runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Sydney Romero and Nicole Pendley. We've been in this situation, it seems like every year.

Things were fairly quiet until the top of the 5th inning when the team's lone senior, Macey Hatfield, hit a solo shot over the wall in left.

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