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No. 1 seed Oklahoma eliminates Washington Huskies from Women's College World Series | Softball

Top-seeded Oklahoma posted a 6-2 victory over Washington to end the Huskies' run at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Pitching, power and speed.

Top-seeded Oklahoma displayed all of those attributes at an exceptional level in a 6-2 victory over Washington on Sunday night to end the Huskies' run at the Women's College World Series.

The 11th-seeded Huskies (45-17) were faced with the tall task of beating the Sooners (55-4) two straight nights to reach the best-of-three championship series.

But the Sooners jumped to an early lead and held on to clinch a berth in the championship series, which begins Monday night.

Tennessee (52-10) earned the other spot after eliminating Texas 2-1 in Sunday night's preceding game.

Oklahoma's fleet-footed No. 9 hitter, Brianna Turang, initiated the scoring in the third on a triple off UW starter Kaitlin Inglesby (23-9) and scored on a wild pitch. Then the Sooners turned up the power when the next batter, Lauren Chamberlain, smacked her 29th homer.

Three batters later, starting pitcher Keilani Ricketts (34-1) helped her cause with her 14th homer for a 3-0 lead.

With first base open the next inning and Chamberlain due up, the Huskies weren't going to mess around. Inglesby walked Chamberlain intentionally with two outs, but the Huskies' plan backfired when the next hitter, Georgia Casey, also walked to force in a run and give Oklahoma a four-run lead.

"I think they're a very well-rounded team," Inglesby said of the Sooners.

The Huskies provided a little power of their own when Kylee Lahners homered in the fifth to get the team on the board. But the rally didn't stop there.

Shawna Wright and designated player Jerrin Fa'asua, making her first start in the WCWS, reached on a walk and a single, respectively.

Mercedes Wetmore, pinch running for Wright, scored when Kelli Suguro hit into a fielder's choice, then Sooners third baseman Shelby Pendley threw the ball into right field and Wetmore scored.

Oklahoma added some insurance in the sixth inning on Casey's second RBI of the night, a bloop single to left to make the score 5-2.

"This year, almost no one expected us to be here and we were determined to prove everybody wrong," Wright said.

For the opportunity to play Oklahoma, the Huskies needed and got a victory over Michigan — the score was 4-1 — during the afternoon in the elimination bracket. The Huskies didn't know which team they would play until about 3 a.m. local time because of a 15-inning game between Nebraska and Florida on Saturday night that pushed the Wolverines' game against Arizona State deep into the evening.

Bryana Walker (20-7) improved her postseason record to 5-0 with a complete-game effort and seven strikeouts against the Wolverines, much better than her three-inning start against Nebraska on Thursday.

"(For) Thursday's game, I was definitely nervous. First game in the World Series. My first time here," said Walker, a junior. "I felt a lot more confident being on the field and being in the pitching circle. I just knew that my team needed me to step up and be better than I was on Thursday."

The Huskies also avenged a 6-1 loss to Michigan in March.

WASHINGTON 4, MICHIGAN 1

WASHINGTON AB R H BI BB SO Avg
M.Hayward rf 4 1 1 0 0 1 .250
Fagaly 1b 3 0 1 0 0 0 .333
Inglesby dp 1 0 0 0 2 0 .000
Creger-Zier pr 0 1 0 0 0 0
Souza 3b 2 0 1 1 0 0 .500
Braun pr 0 1 0 0 0 0
Lahners cf 3 1 1 1 0 0 .333
Wright c 3 0 2 0 0 1 .667
Jones lf 3 0 0 1 0 0 .000
McNeill ss 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Fa'asua ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Suguro 2b 3 0 1 0 0 0 .333
Totals 25 4 7 3 2 3
MICHIGAN AB R H BI BB SO Avg
Doyle cf 3 0 1 0 0 2 .333
Sappingfield rf 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Susalla ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Romero ss 2 0 1 0 1 0 .500
Blanchard 1b 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Lane 2b 2 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Knapp 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Sweet c 2 0 0 0 1 2 .000
Lawrence lf 3 1 0 0 0 0 .000
Crummey dp 3 0 2 1 0 0 .667
Totals 24 1 4 1 3 7
Washington 000 004 0 4 7 1
Michigan 000 010 0 1 4 1
E — McNeill. DP — Washington 1, Michigan 1. LOB — Washington 4, Michigan 5. 2B — Lahners. SH — Fagaly, Souza. SB — Lawrence. CS — Lane.
Washington IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Walker W, 20-7 7.0 4 1 1 3 7 1.00
Michigan IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Driesenga L, 31-9 7.0 7 4 4 2 3 4.00
WP — Walker. Pitches-strikes — Walker 112-77, Driesenga 93-55. T — 2:04. A — 8,712.

OKLAHOMA 6, WASHINGTON 2

OKLAHOMA AB R H BI BB SO Avg
Chamberlain 1b 3 1 1 1 2 0 .333
Casey 2b 3 0 2 2 1 0 .667
Pendley 3b 3 0 0 0 0 3 .000
Henson ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Ricketts p 3 2 2 1 1 0 .667
Miller pr 0 0 0 0 0 0
Williams dp 4 0 1 0 0 0 .250
Schults c 3 0 1 0 0 1 .333
Sampson pr 0 1 0 0 0 0
Martinez cf 3 0 0 1 0 0 .000
Parsons rf 2 0 0 0 2 1 .000
Turang lf 3 2 1 0 1 0 .333
Vest ss-pr 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 28 6 8 5 7 6
WASHINGTON AB R H BI BB SO Avg
Hayward rf 4 0 0 0 0 3 .000
Fagaly 1b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Creger-Zier pr 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inglesby p 3 0 1 0 0 2 .333
Souza 3b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Lahners cf 3 1 1 1 0 2 .333
Wright c 1 0 0 0 2 0 .000
Wetmore pr 0 1 0 0 0 0
Jones lf 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Fa'asua 3 0 1 0 0 1 .333
Seguro 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000
McNeill ss-pr 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 24 2 3 1 2 12
Oklahoma 003 101 1 6 8 1
Washington 000 020 0 2 3 2
E — Pendley, Suguro 2. DP — Oklahoma 1, Washington 1. LOB — Oklahoma 10, Washington 5. 3B — Turang. HR — Chamberlain, Ricketts, Lahners. SH — Shults, Martinez.
Oklahoma IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Ricketts W, 34-1 7.0 3 2 1 2 12 1.00
Washington IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Inglesby L, 23-9 7.0 8 6 5 7 6 5.00
WP — Inglesby. HBP — Fagaly (by Ricketts), Souza (by Ricketts). Pitches-strikes — Ricketts 106-74, Inglesby 160-84. T — 2:36. A — 9,093.

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