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"We agreed to the series a few years ago," Candrea said. "We didn't know it would be sandwiched between two conference road trips. We'll know a lot about each other when the trip is done."
The freshmen laden Wildcats get a great chance to experience Hall of Fame Stadium before being subjected to the pressures of World Series play. The Wildcats are a favorite to return to Oklahoma City in May.
The Wildcats got the two game set off to a good start when they started the Farm Bureau Softball Challenge with a 4-2 win over Oklahoma State.
The Cats put two across in the first. Jennie Finch drove in leadoff hitter Lovie Jung with a single and then Courtney Fosatti scored from third on a passed ball.
Jade Lindly got the Cowgirls on the board with a solo shot in the bottom half of the second inning. They tied the contest on another solo shot, this time fourth inning blast from Ryan Realmuto.
The Cats took advantage of errant pitching and sloppy fielding to break the game open. After a Mackenzie Vandergeest double, Jackie Coburn Walked and Jenny Gladding hit a ball to the Megan Carey, which the left fielder mishandled allowing a pair of runs to score.
Despite the two solo shots, Gladding had a great outing. The sophomore struck out 12 on the way to her 17th win of the season.
The game against Oklahoma was a pure pitchers' duel. Finch struck out 19 Sooner hitters and shut out Oklahoma, limiting the 11th ranked team to just three hits. Sooner hurler Kami Keiter was nearly as impressive, limiting the Cats to just four hits, but she did allow a lone run which was the difference in the 1-0 contest.
With Crystal Farley on first, Jung provided the dramatics with a double that allowed Farley to score.
Finch saved her best for last, striking out the side in the ninth.