Kailee Cuico leads top-seeded Oregon past Oklahoma and into WCWS semis
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kailee Cuico hit a key two-run single, Janie Takeda added two RBIs and top-seeded Oregon held off defending national champion Oklahoma 4-2 on Saturday night in an elimination game in the Women's College World Series.
Oregon (56-8-1) advanced into the semifinal round against second-seeded Alabama (52-11) and will need to beat the Crimson Tide twice on Sunday to reach the best-of-three championship series.
Oklahoma (51-13) had its bid to qualify for a third straight championship series end with the loss.
The Ducks scored three runs in the third off Oklahoma starter Shelby Pendley (2-1). Takeda doubled home Nikki Urida and Cuico followed with her single, allowing Alyssa Gillespie and Takeda to score.
Pendley's solo homer in the fifth pulled Oklahoma with 3-2. Oklahoma threatened in the seventh, with two on and two out, but Oregon pitcher Cheridan Hawkins (35-5) coaxed a ground ball from Brittany Williams to end the game.