OKLAHOMA CITY — The Cal Bears continued their winning ways over Oklahoma in the Women's College World Series with an extra inning 2-1 thriller in second round play Friday night.
With the score tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the eighth, Oklahoma made two crucial errors, the latter an errant throw to second by centerfielder Kristin Vesely after catching a line drive with the bases loaded, that helped the Bears score the winning run and knock the Sooners in to the loser's bracket.
"Usually when it's all over, you remember the last play. That's unfair to Kristin Vesely. I look here (at the box score) and we have 10 runners left on base. We had opportunity," said OU Head Coach Patty Gasso. "We just didn't get the timeliness. We've been pretty timely the last couple of weeks."
Cal, who has now beaten the Sooners three straight times in WCWS play, took a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the third by third baseman Vicky Galindo. But the Sooners tied the game in the top of the fifth when Vesely scored on from by Cal catcher Haley Woods.
Despite the loss, Kami Keiter was brilliant once again for the Sooners giving up only four hits in 7.1 innings, but the other main story of the night was OU's inability to knock in runners in scoring position.
"We are disappointed, but at the same time we know that we're a team that's still hot, a team that still has capability of making noise in this tournament," Gasso said. "We're a little down, but we're definitely not out of this yet. The good thing is we still have life, and as long as we have breath we are going to continue to fight with everything we have."
The Sooners, who now need to win three straight games to reach Sunday's title game, will play the Michigan-Stanford winner in an elimination game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening.
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