Three Thoughts on Oklahoma’s 5-4 Win in Top 10 Clash against Florida State
The top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners welcomed the sixth-ranked Florida State Seminoles to town Tuesday evening and came back for a 5-4 victory.
Now here are three thoughts on the game.
Early *cold* taste of OKC
If it wasn’t in the 50’s to start and a bitter 40-something-degree evening by the end, this one had all the feelings of a game we could see at the Women’s College World Series in June. Teams answered each other throughout. There were long balls. There was definitely quality pitching and defense. It was close right down to the final pitch. Both teams can pull not only a quality RPI matchup but the experience from a contest that’s going to serve them very well down the road.
Double the response
Twice the Seminoles scored in frames, and twice the Sooners responded with a scoring frame of their own. The first of those came in the bottom of the third, when designated hitter Haley Lee and shortstop Tiare Jennings delivered back-to-back jacks. That put the Sooners up 3-1 entering the fourth, for which the Seminoles responded with a three-run homer off the bat of designated hitter Katie Dack. Back then came the Crimson and Cream, though, with the two decisive runs in the bottom of the fourth. Lee doubled home a run, and Jennings followed with a single off the pitcher that plated the fifth tally. Both teams actually countered twice with runs after the other team scored.
Bahl’s streak of K’s
The Sooner reliever on this night faced 10 batters and retired nine of them. In fact, during a stretch from the fifth inning to the seventh inning, Bahl struck out six consecutive hitters. She sat down four swinging and fanned the other two looking. Bahl mixed in a couple of ground outs and a line out for her 3.0 innings, surrendering only a single hit to grab the win and improve to 7-1 on the season.