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Regional Championship Game | Oklahoma Sooners Defeat Ole Miss Rebels 3-0

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Rich DeCray

The Oklahoma Sooners moved through regional play unscathed after holding the Ole Miss Rebels scoreless in Sunday's finale, 3-0. Sporting a 25-game winning streak, the ladies dawning crimson and cream earned the right to host a Super Regional. Appearing for a seventh consecutive time in Super Regional action, Patty Gasso and her ball club will host the winner of the Louisiana Lafayette Regional.

Unable to muster much offense, fans witnessed four scoreless innings posted on the board. Paige Parker kept the Rebels at bay refusing to give up a hit until the fourth frame. A bloop single fell in short right field putting a runner on base. Yet, Parker continued to go to work eventually producing a shutout victory on nine strikeouts.

On the other end, Madi Osias matched the Big XII Pitcher of the Year stride for stride. Retiring seven consecutive batters at one point, the game would clearly be decided by pitching. In the top of the fifth, Big XII Player of the Year, Erin Miller stepped up to the plate with two outs and runners in scoring position. Looking to end the scoreless drought with one swing of the bat, Miller connected driving in the first run of the game. Holding a 1-0 edge over the SEC foe, the Sooners took control of the driver's seat.

In the top of the seventh, OU added two insurance runs. The first came off a sac fly from Kelsey Arnold pushing one run across the plate. Of course, Miller continued to showcase her talent driving a single to right field. With the ball in the outfield, Kady Self took off toward home plate. Sliding around the tag, Self scored putting all the pressure squarely on the Rebels.

Down to the final out of the game, Ole Miss put together a bit of a scare. Earning a one-out walk followed by a two-out single, placed the tying run at the plate. Unable to capitalize on the moment, the Rebels were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament as Oklahoma moves on.