UT softball suffers College World Series setback after loss to Oklahoma
AUSTIN (KXAN) — No. 1 and defending champion Oklahoma was just too much for Texas in their College World Series contest on Saturday. The Sooners beat the Longhorns 7-2.
Texas is now heading into the elimination bracket where they will have a chance to stay alive when they face Arizona on Sunday night.
Oklahoma’s Jocelyn Alo started the scoring with a two-point shot over the left field wall to put the Sooners on the board.
Texas responded late in the second with an Alyssa Washington RBI brace.
The fifth inning featured a Jayda Coleman RBI double, an Alo RBI single and a two-run homer from Tiare Jennings that made it 6-1.
Both teams would add runs in the seventh to bring the final tally to 7-2 for both teams.
Haley Dolcini had a tough day in the circle, giving up five earned runs in just over four innings of work.
His counterpart, Hope Trautwein, who attended Hendrickson High School, won her 20th game of the season in an all-game effort.
“Oklahoma is still stuck overall and I think it’s up to the other team to show up, I’ll say we showed up, again, it wasn’t super consistent,” said second-year outfielder Bella Dayton. “We are ready to go on and continue with more wins after this.”
Texas faces the prospect of its season ending with another mistake, and head coach Mike White is hoping his team will rise to the occasion on Sunday.
“We can’t think about what happened today, you know, they’re a good team and now our job is to try and get into the last four, you know that’s what we want to do,” White said. “We’ve got to be ready, if we’re out there with our heads down we’re going to lose, there’s no doubt we’ve got to bounce back and we’ve got to bounce back hard.”
Texas and Arizona will play Sunday at 6 p.m.