Tigers drop Super Regional opener to Oklahoma
AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 8 Auburn softball fell in the opening game of the Super Regional to No. 6 Oklahoma Friday afternoon, 4-0. The Tigers (49-11) were limited to four hits in the seven-inning contest at Jane B. Moore Field.
“We clearly didn’t live up to expectations, our own expectations or anybody’s for that matter,” said head coach Clint Myers. “We had opportunities to score, we didn’t do it, you know, they outplayed us today and the plan is to outplay them tomorrow.”
Despite being held to four base knocks, three went for extra bases as Kasey Cooper laced a triple, while Alyssa Rivera and Kendall Veach each tallied one double. Casey McCrackin rounded out the offense with a bunt single.
In the circle, Makayla Martin dropped to 20-5 on the season after surrendering four runs with two strikeouts in a complete game effort. Martin was most effective through the first five frames as she scattered just three hits and kept the Sooners (55-9) off the board.
Oklahoma took the result by hitting .444 (4-for-9) with runners in scoring position, while Auburn was limited to a .125 (1-for-8) clip.
Paige Parker went the distance for the Sooners and notched 14 strikeouts.
The opening five innings came and went without a run crossing the plate for either team, but both teams had chances.
In the first, Oklahoma had the bases loaded with two outs, but Martin got out of the jam by inducing a fly ball to Victoria Draper for the third out.
The next inning, Auburn loaded the bases by way of a double from Veach, walk by Morgan Podany and single from McCrackin. However, the Tigers were unable to cross home plate.
The Sooners did their damage in their last two chances at the dish by scoring four runs on seven hits, including two for extra bases.
Auburn was sent down in order in the bottom of the seventh as Oklahoma took the 4-0 decision.
The Tigers face a win-or-go-home scenario against the Sooners Saturday. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. on ESPN, 95.9 FM and the official Auburn app.