The Oklahoma Sooners aren't use to being the underdog under head coach Patty Gasso. But in Tuscaloosa on a Friday night, that's exactly what they were considered to be. They were going up against a sixth seeded Alabama team that was making their 11th straight Super Regional after all. They looked like the underdog through five innings too, getting down 2-0 to the Crimson Tide and not getting anything going with their bats.
Then the Sooners played one of the best sixth innings any team has played all season. Senior Callie Parsons singled on the first at bat of the inning, followed by Lauren Chamberlain's 93rd home run which tied the game up at two. But the Sooner Magic wasn't over yet, as Erin Miller and Shelby Pendley advanced on base. Then Kady Self homered down the left field and Oklahoma scored three more and took control of the game.
The five run inning was capped off by three up and three down for the Crimson Tide, as all three batters grounded out to short stop Shelby Pendley.
The final inning saw the Sooners not get anything going batting, and then allowing bases to be loaded before Marisa Runyon was at bat for Alabama with two outs and bases loaded.
Then standout freshman pitcher Parker struck her out after nine long pitches in what felt like the most nerve racking at bat in Oklahoma softball history. Then Parker struck her out and Oklahoma won the game 5-2.
The Sooners will just have to win one of the two games tomorrow to advance. That inning and game was the most important of Parker's career this far and she came up big when the Sooners needed her.
The Sooners look to close out the series tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. and then again at 7:00 if necessary. The winner will come to Oklahoma City for the College World Series.