Coach Clint Myers (above) talks to center fielder Victoria Draper on Monday night.
Oklahoma City--Coach Clint Myers said although the Auburn Tigers are down they aren’t out, a sentiment expressed by senior first baseman Jade Rhodes.
“We still have two more games,” Rhodes said. “We have been here before so just play our game, just play Auburn softball, and we are guaranteed to win.”
Rhodes gave her team a chance to rally for a victory in game one of the College Softball World Series with a two-run homer in the seventh inning to cut Oklahoma’s lead to 3-2. The Sooners managed to escape with the win after the Tigers put runners on second and third base with one out after the Rhodes home run.
Makayla Martin (29), Casey McCrackin (11) and Morgan Podany (17) cheer on their team as the Tigers tried to rally late in the game.
Myers, who has led two Arizona State teams to national championships, declared that his team still has plenty of fight left.
“We are not hanging our heads,” he said. “We are ready for tomorrow night.”
In the best two-out-of-three format, Auburn will need to win on Tuesday night to send the series into a winner take all game on Wednesday.
News and Notes:
*Rhodes, who has hit home runs the past two games, is batting .417 in Auburn’s four World Series games. The third team All-American has seven RBI in those contests.
*Oklahoma sophomore pitcher Paige Parker managed just one strikeout, but improved her record to 37-3. In nine starts in the NCAA Tournament, which is every one of Oklahoma’s games, she is 9-0 with a 2.26 earned run average with 53 strikeouts in 62 innings.
*The Sooners have won a school record 31 straight games. Their coach, Patty Gasso, said her team has been fun to be around. “I wish I could bottle it up and keep it because it's pretty incredible, but it's just their spirit of competition and refusing to lose, not wanting to get beat, finding ways to make plays, finding things--finding ways to make things happen in their favor.”
*In nine of the 13 games at the 2016 College World Series the team trailing has had the put the tying run on base in either the sixth or seventh innings.
*Monday night’s game was the shortest so far in the World Series as it took one hour and 50 minutes.