WCWS: Stanford rallies to beat Oklahoma, 3-2

Oklahoma players Katie Overton, Left, Kristen Vesely, center, and Christina Enea leave the field their 3-2 loss to Stanford Sunday morning at the Women's College World Series. Stanford scored two runs in the sixth to end Oklahoma's season. With the loss the Sooners finish the season at 45-22-1.

OKLAHOMA CITY — A good night's sleep with a 2-1 lead didn't turn out to be a good thing for the Oklahoma Softball team.

The Sooners and Cardinal resumed their elimination game that was suspended late Saturday evening after the fifth inning due to weather at 9 a.m. Sunday morning, and it was all Cardinal.

Stanford scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and then retired the Sooners in order in the top of the seventh for a 3-2 win.

Shortstop Lauren Lappin led off the sixth for the Cardinal with a solo home run to tie the game at 2-2. And then on the very next play, Stanford catcher Jessica Allister reached first on an error by OU second baseman April Valdez.

Sooner pitcher Kami Keiter retired the next two batters, but couldn't get Stanford second baseman Meghan Sickler, whose triple down the right field line scored Lappin and gave Cardinal the lead for good.

Despite the costly error in the sixth, Stanford's late-inning heroics and the weather delay, one of the factors that costs the Sooners was their failure to produce with runners on base. In all, the Sooners left 11 runners on base against the Cardinal and failed to knock in runners who had reached scoing position in the second, third and fourth and fifth innings.

With the loss the Sooners finish the season at 45-22-1.

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