WCWS moments to remember
Eight memorable happenings from 2013 in Oklahoma City
Sure, the 2013 Women's College World Series will be remembered for Oklahoma winning the national championship. But there are so many moments that lead up to the crowning of the champion that shouldn't be forgotten. Take a look at our favorite and most touching memories from Oklahoma City.
Washington 4, Nebraska 3 (8 inn.) -- Box | Recap | Highlights
On the opening day of the Women's College World Series, Washington was behind 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning and in jeopardy of being forced into the loser's bracket early on. After a Victoria Hayward triple, Hooch Fagaly laid down a perfect sacrifice squeeze bunt that scored the tying run to send the game into extra innings. Then in the bottom of the eighth, Kimberlee Souza sent one sailing for a walk-off homer and the victory for the Huskies. With the win Washington improved to 4-0 in extra innings for the season.
Texas 6, Arizona State 3 -- Box | Recap | Highlights
In the bottom of the second inning, Texas' Kim Bruins hit a long ball to left field that Arizona State outfielder Elizabeth Caporuscio was able to snag from being a homerun for the out. The next time around Caporuscio wasn't so lucky. Bruins belted another round ball to left field and this time it hit off of Caporuscio's glove for a two-run homer giving the Longhorns the lead. Texas went on to earn the comeback victory 6-3 against the Sun Devils. The six runs scored by Texas were its most in a WCWS game. The win was Texas’ ninth come-from-behind victory this season. In the fifth inning, Texas broke a 19-inning WCWS scoreless streak that dated back to 2006.
Oklahoma 7, Michigan 1 -- Box | Recap | Highlights
Oklahoma made a statement quickly on its home turf in Thursday's matchup against Michigan. Senior Keilani Ricketts tossed her seventh career no-hitter and the 17th no-hitter in Women's College World Series history as the Sooner's cruised to a 7-1 decision against the Wolverines.
Tennessee 1, Washington 0 -- Box | Recap | Highlights
Batting ninth in the lineup for Tennessee, Tori Lewis came up big for the Lady Vols just in time. The junior outfielder slapped a single up the middle to score the lone run of the game in the bottom of the seventh for the win to keep UT in the winner's bracket. With her 10 strikeouts, junior pitcher Ellen Renfroe registered her fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season.
Oklahoma 10, Texas 2 (5 innings) -- Box | Recap | Highlights
In the third inning, Oklahoma's Brianna Turang set down a bunt with two runners on base. Scores off of a bunt are few and far between, but after a bad throw to first base, Turang scored alloting for three of the Sooners' 10 runs in the game. OU eased past Texas 10-2 in the fifth inning run-rule meeting. In the win, OU improved to 52-0 this season when scoring at least three runs. The Sooners’ 10 runs marked their most in a WCWS game, surpassing the previous high of seven against Michigan.
Florida 9, Nebraska 8 (15 innings) -- Box | Recap | Highlights
Florida put in two games worth of work against a Nebraska team that would not throw in the towel. Sunday's marathon of 15 innings lasted nearly 5 1/2 hours. The Gators eventually scored in the top of the 15th and the Huskers had no answer this time, giving Florida the 9-8 victory. The 15-inning game marked the longest in WCWS play since Oklahoma State defeated Cal State Northridge 3-2 in 15 innings in 1994. Florida improved to a 6-3 in extra-inning games.
Oklahoma 5, Tennessee 3 (12 innings) -- Box | Recap | Highlights
Both the Sooners and Lady Vols were silent on the board for 11 innings, quite the different atmosphere from what had been seen in Oklahoma City to this point. But in the 11th inning, UT's Madison Shipman sent one over the centerfield fence for what most thought scored the game-winning three runs. But not so fast. Oklahoma, as it had the other two times it fell behind during the WCWS, had an answer, scoring its own three runs in the bottom of the 11th to tie it up. OU then held Tennessee scoreless in the 12th, and Lauren Chamberlain stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 12th with one runner on to launch one deep into left field for the walk-off homerun. • The contest was the longest in OU postseason history and the longest game in UT program history, and marked the longest WCWS championship game or championship series game since 1984.
Oklahoma City and surrounding areas
Heading to Oklahoma City for the Women's College World Series was a bittersweet experience for most teams and fans. To have an exciting event come to the city after seeing such devastation in Moore just 10 days before, it didn't feel quite right to be bringing a celebration of sorts to town. But that's just what the city needed -- a distraction, a positive outlet and something to add a little hope to a dreary situation. On Friday of the Women's College World Series with games delayed due to approaching weather, teams and fans got a little taste of what it's like to be an Oklahoma native as they were evacuated to safe areas in their respective hotels. Like it or not, the experience was a bit humbling and eye-opening to the devastation of what happened in Moore merely days before. Oklahoma surely left its mark on the city winning the 2013 Women's College World Series, but Oklahoma City also left a mark on each of the players and coaches involved.