When you're facing a 8-1 deficit heading into the final inning in a best of three series where you have a one game advantage, the writing is pretty much on the wall. Live to play another day.
The OU Softball team however refused to go down without a fight and as a result put a considerable amount of work on the right arm of Alabama starter Jackie Traina, which could prove the difference in Wednesday night's Game Three. Only time will tell of course, but it won't be a bad thing.
Oklahoma scored five runs in the bottom half of the seventh in a valiant final attempt to try and tie/win the game, but came up just short after the furious rally led by two triples and a Jessica Shults three run home run.
So with the Championship Series tied at one game apiece, it all comes down to Wednesday night. Oklahoma will need a much better start from it's National Player of the Year, Keilani Ricketts, than it got Tuesday night. They will also need a much more disciplined approach at the plate after chasing balls out of the strike zone for a majority of the game leading to countless poor at-bats.
All while an incredibly talented Alabama squad will probably be just a little eager to win their first ever national championship. No easy task to be sure, but if there is any team capable it's this Oklahoma squad.
We'll see you Wednesday night!