The Alabama Crimson Tide walked off the Oklahoma Sooners in extra innings on Sunday, winning 1-0 to force an elimination game that will send the winner to the Women’s College World Series championship against UCLA.
No runs were scored in regulation on Sunday, as both Oklahoma’s Giselle Juarez and Alabama’s Montana Fouts were both in peak form Sunday evening.
Fouts threw all 8 innings in the shutout victory over the Sooners, recording 5 strikeouts and allowing just 4 hits. Fouts threw 143 pitches in the first contest, 87 of which were strikes.
Juarez threw 7.2 innings of work, allowing just 4 hits herself and striking out 8. Juarez threw 109 pitches, with 79 of those being strikes.
Oklahoma leads the nation in almost every offensive category, but has had trouble scoring on the Crimson Tide in the postseason. In two games versus Alabama in the WCWS, the Sooners have only scored 3 points.
Only Sydney Romero, Joeclyn Alo, Shay Knighten and Nicole Mendes finished with hits for the Sooners.
The lone run of the game came in the 8th inning. Alabama’s Reagan Dykes hit a leadoff single up the middle, and Skylar Wallace advanced her to second on a sac-bunt. Maddie Morgan popped up foul for the second out, and Caroline Hardy came in to hit for Elissa Brown. Hardy swung hard on the full-count pitch, and smacked it up to middle to walk off the Sooners.
Oklahoma and Alabama are scheduled to play their elimination game at 7:35 p.m tonight. The winner of the semifinal elimination game will face UCLA at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.