OU softball advances to Women's College World Series semifinals

OU is one game away from the championship series of the Women's College World Series.

You wouldn’t be wrong to say Oklahoma softball hasn’t played its best game yet in the postseason, but the women are one step closer toward defending their crown.

Paced by junior pitcher Paige Parker, the Sooners took down sixth-seeded Washington 3-1 in the Women’s College World Series on Friday evening at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

The win is vital because now OU can rest Saturday and get ready to play either LSU, Baylor or Oregon on Sunday afternoon with the chance to advance to the championship series.

After only throwing 68 pitches Thursday, Parker was allowed to let it all hang out. She was nearly flawless, allowing one run on three hits in 6.1 innings. Following her 108th pitch, Patty Gasso opted for Paige Lowary to come in and close the deal.

She did.

OU was plagued by uncharacteristic fielding errors in Thursday’s victory, but the Sooners played exceptional defense vs. the Huskies and didn’t commit an error.

With OU nursing a 2-0 lead, Sydney Romero launched a solo home run as the 10th-seeded Sooners continue to slowly find their groove with each postseason game.

It’s not set in stone for a championship series of OU vs. Florida, but the Gators and Sooners have looked awfully impressive in the first two nights and need to win just one time Sunday to clinch that berth into Monday’s championship series.

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