Makayla Martin (above) pitched very well for the Tigers on Wednesday night vs. the Sooners.
Oklahoma City--Oklahoma All-American Paige Parker again proved too much for the Auburn Tigers to handle as the Sooners took a 2-1 decision on Wednesday night in the championship game of the College Softball World Series.
Auburn ended the best season in school history with 58-12 record while the Sooners, who won their third World Series title, finished at 57-8.
The Tigers wasted a terrific pitching performance on Wednesday night by freshman Makayla Martin, who allowed just five hits and didn’t give up an earned run.
However, that wasn’t enough as Parker allowed just five hits and dominated much of the contest as she was the winning pitcher for the second time vs. the Tigers in the best two-out-of-three championship series.
"I am proud of these ladies," Auburn coach Clint Myers said. "They were relentless. They gave their heart and soul. They lost to an outstanding Oklahoma team that is well coached, great athletes."
Myers added, "We didn't do the little things to beat Oklahoma. If we do the little things we win that ball game 1-0."
Oklahoma got the early lead with two unearned runs as normally steady fielding Emily Carosone made a fielding error and a throwing error on the same play to allow a run to score. A two-out single drove home the second run.
Emily Carosone makes a play in Wednesday's championship game vs. the Sooners.
Carosone said the ball slipped out of her hand allowing the first run to score. "I don't get it--it's never happened before, but it happened today," she said.
Asked about how she was feeling about her tough night, the senior second baseman said, "In the beginning of the season, during the ball, I sat in front of locker and just prayed, 'God, I want to make it to the very last day. I want to play every last game that I can, every game possible. I got it. The team was good enough to win. They are going to come back next year and they are going to come back strong."
Auburn squandered a scoring opportunity after Parker dropped a popup by Victoria Draper to start the third inning. Tiffany Howard followed with a bunt single and then Kasey Cooper’s bloop single to right center field loaded the bases with nobody out.
However, Parker got out of the jam by striking out Carosone and forcing a ground ball double play from Carlee Wallace.
The Tigers cut the lead in half with one swing by Jade Rhodes in the fourth inning. The senior first baseman’s 20th home run of the year was the second one she hit off Parker in the series. However, Auburn never threatened the score the rest of game with Parker keeping the batters off balance.
Clint Myers is shown coaching at third base in the championship game.
Myers had high praise for Martin, saying she has "ice water in her veins." He added, "She is an outstanding young lady who went out there and took the ball and said we are going to win--and she pitched her ass off...That is the best way to describe it."
The Sooners won the first game of the series 3-2 on Monday night with Auburn's only runs coming on a homer by Rhodes. On Tuesday night the Tigers won 11-7 in eight innings on a walk-off, grandslam homer by Carosone.
Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso, who won her third national title with the Sooners, said, "I also need to absolutely congratulate Auburn. What a great team. Very well-coached. They made us have to play so much better. They made us better. Clint Myers and his staff are tremendous. They do their homework. They knew what they were doing. They have some great athletes, and I congratulate them. They definitely were one of the toughest teams we've faced this season."