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Oklahoma outlasts Florida in epic 17-inning Game 1

Oklahoma outlasts Florida in epic 17-inning Game 1 Oklahoma outlasts Florida in epic 17-inning Game 1
Christy Curtis | 07 June, 2017, 05:36

It is the longest game in softball's College World Series history. There is more game left.' It was unbelievable.

Oklahoma won Game 1 of the national championship series at the Women's College World Series on Monday night.

OU took a 4-2 lead on a Fale Aviu two-run blast in the 12 inning only to see the Gators once again scratch two more across and eventually make it the longest game played in Championship Series history.

Oklahoma leads the best-of-three series one game to none, with Game 2 set for Tuesday night at 7:00 pm at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium.

"Epic, epic battle", said Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso after the game.

"It was an emotional, emotional rollercoaster of a game and one that I will never, ever, ever, ever forget". Just two heavyweight fighters going punch for punch. "Florida just kept answering everything that we put out there, and we tried to answer back, and it was a game of will, a game of team, a game of character".

It had a chance of ending in regulation, but the Gators weren't going down that easily.

But back came the Gators in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs on an Amanda Lorenz double with two outs in the inning.

Paige Lowary got the win after, like Barnhill, she reentered the game in extra innings following a solid start. The ball glanced off the glove of a diving OU left fielder, Macey Hatfield. She might not have been able to track the ball easier if her heels hadn't been on the outfield's warning track when the ball was pitched.

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Williamson's departure heralded a mini collapse by the Kiwis as they lost the remaining six wickets over the next six overs. His innings was studded with 8 fours and 3 sixes. "We bowled both sides of the wicket and it was pretty ordinary ".

Florida broke through to take the lead in the fourth inning, but the Sooners rallied to take a 2-1 advantage at the top of the sixth. It gave OU a 4-2 advantage. She threw five innings before giving way to Parker. The lefty leadoff came up big, stroking a two-run game-tying double to the gap in left center.

Florida loaded the bases in the bottom of the 17th inning, and Lorenz managed a flyout to cut the deficit to 7-5.

Monday was, in other words, a long night at the office.

Facing Gators reliever Delanie Gourley in the 12th, who had gone 67 innings and 12 appearances since allowing an earned run, Aviu smashed the first pitch she saw over the fence in right field to put the Sooners up 4-2.

NOTES: The teams have won the last four World Series, Oklahoma in 2013 and 2016 and Florida in 2014 and 2015.

The decision to start Lowary over Parker was somewhat of a surprise. Lorenz's double was notable because Oklahoma went back to Lowary for a one-out save after Parker, who is typically a starter and the team's ace, pitched brilliantly in relief outside of Reynoso's bloop hit.

"It was highs and lows, and for Paige Lowary especially to finish on the note that she did, it was to me the highlight of our season", Gasso said. Nicole Mendes hit a single to left and Caleigh Clifton was hit by a pitch.

Mendes was awestruck after the game. She knew it was gone the moment she made contact. "I think they may have really been planning (to face) Paige Parker, so it was just throwing a wrench in there".

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