OU softball: Sooners beat No. 4 Arizona in extra innings
OU softball faced its toughest challenge so far this season Saturday, taking on its first ranked opponent of the year.
No. 2-ranked OU beat No. 4 Arizona 6-4 in 10 innings.
The Sooners trailed 4-3 heading into the seventh inning. OU had runners on second and third with no outs, when Arizona replaced Denham with Mariah Lopez, who transferred to Arizona after playing for OU for three seasons.
Junior second baseman Taylon Snow hit a fielder’s choice off Lopez and scored a run to tie the game.
The Sooners and the Wildcats used international rules in extra innings, meaning each team started with a runner on second base.
OU freshman pitcher Olivia Rains had to work out of a jam with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the eighth. A double play by Kinzie Hansen helped the Sooners end the inning unharmed.
Rains would earn the win, making just her third appearance at OU. She entered the game when the Sooners were down 4-2 in the fifth inning and held Arizona scoreless until she was taken out in the 10th inning.
OU and Arizona went scoreless in extra innings until the top of the 10th inning when sophomore right fielder Grace Green hit a fly ball to left field. Arizona’s Isabella Dayton dropped the ball, and the Sooners got two runs across to take the lead and eventually the win.
The win was a bounce back for the Sooners who lost their first game of the day, falling 5-4 to Long Beach State. OU led the game going into the bottom of the seventh inning before LBSU scored four runs to win the game and hand OU it’s first loss of the season.
The Sooners will finish out the Hillenbrand Invitational against Northern Iowa at 11 a.m. on Sunday.