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HenryLouisAaron

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Oklahoma slugged seven EBH (four HR and three doubles) to pound Texas Tech into submission, 8-3.

The Sooners opened the scoring with 4 runs in the top of the second - and it could have been more.
Green led off the inning with a line shot into the RC gap for a double.
Alo hit a meek pop fly that the first baseman settled under - but she dropped it for an E-3.
With runners on 1st & 3rd - PG had Alo attempt to steal second. The throw went through to second base - 
and Alo was tagged out (and Green did not break for home on the play). 
Alo probably would have beaten the tag if she had slid directly into the bag - but she slid to the side of the base and touched it with her hand.
That left Green on third with one out - instead of runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out.  (Bad base running play #1).

Mendes belts a HR deep over the RC wall - to give Oklahoma a 2-0 lead (could easily have been 3-0).
After an Elam ground out - Lyons lined a 1B into CF... and then stole 2nd.  
Romero steps up and belts a HR over the RC wall - making the score 4-0.

Aviu blooped a 1B to RF, Clifton walked...  and then Knighten smacked a line drive - right at the second baseman  for the 3rd out.

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Lopez had given up a ground ball single into LF to go along with a fly out to LF, a pop up to SS  and a pop fly to RF.
She looked fine in the first inning. None of the 4 batters had hit the ball very well. The one hit was a gb that got through.

The #5 batter opened the bottom of the 2nd  with a deep line shot to LF.  Aviu played it nicely off the wall.
But her throw to second base was air mailed over CC. If Fale had made a decent throw to CC... the batter/runner would have been toast.
That would have almost surely made a big difference in how the rest of that inning turned out.
Instead of having a runner at second with no outs - it could have been 1 out with nobody on base.
And the team would be riding a high from the nice defensive play that cut down the batter/runner at second base.

The #6 batter hit a ball into the RC gap for a second double and brought in Tech's first run of the game.
Mariah was a little flustered...  and walked the #7 batter.
The #8 batter put down a nice sac bunt - and Syd threw out the batter at first base as the runners moved up to 2nd and 3rd.
Lopez did a nice job of getting the #9 batter to hit a pop fly to shallow CF for out #2.
That brought up the top of the order, Karli Hamilton, who I see as their best hitter.
With first base open - I thought they  just might walk her - and go after the #2 batter.  But they chose to pitch to her. 
She stroked a pitch nicely into the LC gap for a two run double...  making the score 3-4.

PG decided three doubles and a walk in one inning was enough - and she brought Shannon Saile in to relieve Lopez.
Mariah gave up 3 ER on 4 hits (3 of them EBH) and a walk in just 1.2 IP.
That inning  could  have turned out so much better for OU - had Fale just kept her throw down.

Saile got their #2 batter on a ground ball back to her and she made the easy throw to first base to retire the side.

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Grace Green led off the top of the third... and knocked the first pitch over the LF wall to make the score 5-3.

The Sooners scored one in the top of the 4th when Romero lined a double down the LF line - and CC lined an RBI single to CF,  6-3.

They got another run in the 6th when Romero walked and was knocked in by an Aviu double into RC,  7-3.

They scored their last run when Green led off the 7th by bashing the first pitch deep over the LF wall,  8-3.

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Saile dominated Texas Tech from the circle. They managed just two hits against her in 5.1 IP.
They had a bloop single into shallow CF in the 3rd...  and a bunt single in the 5th.
Shannon struck out TEN batters in her 5.1 innings:  1 in the 3rd, 2 in the 4th, 1 in the 5th, 2 in the 6th  and 4 in the 7th*.
The official scorer listed Saile with 9 Ks...  but that is incorrect.   She had TEN.  I will go into that discrepancy later. 

* Saile struck out the first 3 batters of the 7th, but the third one reached 1st when the ball got by Elam... 
so Shannon got to add a 4th K in the inning - to finish the game. 

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Oklahoma had some base running mistakes - and some defensive mistakes as well  in this game.
Alo was thrown out running the bases in both the 2nd inning and the 7th inning. I covered the CS in the 2nd inning already.
In the 7th, she was on 2nd base with 1 out... and she tried to advance to third when Elam hit a medium deep fly out to RF.
The right fielder made a very nice throw and gunned her out at third base - to end the inning. 
OU's third base running mistake happened in the 5th. Rogers had come in to run for Alo and was on second base after a SB.
When she took a really big lead - the catcher threw to second... and the ump called her out from about twenty feet away.
Rogers, and everybody on the Oklahoma team - and their fans... believed Reagan had gotten back under the tag.
But the ump rang her up.  And even though PG protested the call for an extended period of time - they weren't going to change it.

Besides Fale's over throw at second base (which was not an error - but a solid throw would have resulted in an out)... 
Shay dropped a throw from Lyons (for an E-3) on what should have been a routine 6-3 gb out... 
and Syd missed a foul pop up - that she would likely have caught 9 times out of 10 (again not ruled an E, but it could have been an out).

On the plus side...  Fale made two very nice defensive plays.
The lead off batter of the 4th hit a deep drive that Aviu made a nice running catch on.
And the web gem of the day was in the 5th with a runner on 1st and 2 outs... 
Fale sprinted after a deep line shot into the LC gap... and gloved the ball just a moment before she crashed into the wall.
She held on to the ball for the third out - and the whole team ran into the outfield to celebrate her great defensive effort.

5 Romero           2322  HR, 2B, BB, BB
7 Aviu                4021  2B, 1B, K
4 Clifton             2011  1B, BB, BB
3 Knighten         4000   K
DP Green           4332  HR, HR, 2B  (and her only out was a line shot right at the third baseman)
9 Alo                 3010  1B, BB, K, CS
8 Mendes           4112  HR, K
2 Elam               4000  K, K
6 Lyons              3110  1B, SB, K

PR Rogers          0000  SB

HenryLouisAaron

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BTW...   I agree with those others who suggested that the plate umpire had quite a strike zone in this game.

There were 4 Sooner batters called out on third strikes - (that just might not have been in the strike zone).
and each one of them had the batters - and the coaches rolling their eyes a bit.

Alo was called out looking in the 3rd,  Aviu was called out in the 4th,  Elam in the 6th  and Knighten to end the 6th.

The Oklahoma coaches made the ump aware of their thoughts after Knighten was called out to end the 6th.
She had strike 2 called on the outside "corner"...  and then strike 3 called on the inside "corner".
And that one was pretty tough to take - without comment.

The Oklahoma pitchers had not had a single called third strike go in their favor up to that point in the game.
After Knighten was called out to end the 6th (and the coaching staff made their thoughts known)... 
Saile got two consecutive called third strikes to start the bottom of the 6th.
HenryLouisAaron

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Going back to Salie actually striking out TEN batters - but getting credit for just 9  by the official scorer...  this is what happened.

In the bottom of the third inning... the Texas Tech clean up batter (Trenity Edwards) was the second batter of that inning.
She had two strikes on her - and she tried to check her swing - but went around for a swinging strike out. 
The ball was dropped by the catcher (Elam) who picked it up in foul territory and threw to first base (as Edwards was running).
Elam was clearly a couple of feet on the foul side of the first base line  when she made the throw to first... and Edwards was out by many steps.

The "official" scorer must have not been watching when this took place (he/she probably looked away for a second)... 
because their "official" report of this play was...   a ground ball out  catcher to first base  for the out.

So they have Saile  "officially"  with nine Ks for the game...   when it was actually TEN.
AaronT

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Where was the OS spotter?
nstinson

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8-0 OU top 5th
Chester45

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So much for Tech winning the Big 12. Seen that prediction on here somewhere.
CoachZ

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Syd Romero may be the best everyday player in college softball.


No offense to Syd. She’s a great ball player, but i believe Rachel Garcia may have something to say about that.
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So much for Tech winning the Big 12. Seen that prediction on here somewhere.


I don’t think it was a serious comment. A few people made comments that TT is having a good season and someone (i believe sarcastically) said, “yes, they’re going win the whole big 12”. I believe it was a jab at people for making a big deal about their success. Perhaps I’m wrong, though.
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No offense to Syd. She’s a great ball player, but i believe Rachel Garcia may have something to say about that.


Rachel IS a great player. If you're including pitchers who are also position players, I agree Garcia is probably at the top.
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Rachel IS a great player. If you're including pitchers who are also position players, I agree Garcia is probably at the top.


If she’s a pitcher, a position player, and a hitter, she’s an everyday player, no?
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Rachel IS a great player. If you're including pitchers who are also position players, I agree Garcia is probably at the top.
You said 'everyday player'

There is no more 'everyday' of a player than Garcia


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Romero is underrated. The chink in Garcia’s armor is she hasn’t performed that great in the World Series. I’m sure Garcia is the favorite right now. Pitchers that are also really good hitters are hard to beat out.
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Garcia can also play first base

And, no, Romero is not underrated IMO.

She gets talked about an awful lot

That all said, looking forward to a thousand words from The Hammer
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Garcia can also play first base

And, no, Romero is not underrated IMO.

She gets talked about an awful lot

That all said, looking forward to a thousand words from The Hammer


Romero is talked about a lot on places such as flosoftball but she hasn't won many awards. I think last year was the first time she was an all american.
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That all said, looking forward to a thousand words from The Hammer


I think you mean "stats to back up his opinion" [wink]
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Garcia can also play first base

And, no, Romero is not underrated IMO.

She gets talked about an awful lot

That all said, looking forward to a thousand words from The Hammer


Both are great. But... who can’t play first base? Lol

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Who plays first-base.........And, what plays second-base.........


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Who plays first-base.........And, what plays second-base.........




I dunno ...
scrybe

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Wasn't expecting the pushback my inoccuous comment about Romero received. It was certainly not a knock on any other player. I just happen to believe that Sydney's combination of hitting and defensive skills put her at or near the top of the current crop of players. I readily admit I haven't seen Garcia or some other POY candidates nearly as much as Syd. Perhaps I'll have a different perspective by the time postseason play is over.
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Wasn't expecting the pushback my inoccuous comment about Romero received. It was certainly not a knock on any other player. I just happen to believe that Sydney's combination of hitting and defensive skills put her at or near the top of the current crop of players. I readily admit I haven't seen Garcia or some other POY candidates nearly as much as Syd. Perhaps I'll have a different perspective by the time postseason play is over.


Nope, she will always be ONE of the elite players. Ignore the others. Having a big part of 2 National Championship winning teams is enough reason!

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The best everyday player just happens to be on your favorite team, what a coincidence![rolleyes]

And your team walks more, strikes out less, and strikes out looking less often than the home team, but the umps are definitely favoring the home team. They would have scored more than 26 runs and given up fewer than 5 runs if not for those pesky adjudicators! When a team thinks a call should have gone their way, and their head coach protests for a lengthy period of time, there is absolutely no doubt the call was blown!
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The best everyday player just happens to be on your favorite team, what a coincidence![rolleyes]

And your team walks more, strikes out less, and strikes out looking less often than the home team, but the umps are definitely favoring the home team. They would have scored more than 26 runs and given up fewer than 5 runs if not for those pesky adjudicators! When a team thinks a call should have gone their way, and their head coach protests for a lengthy period of time, there is absolutely no doubt the call was blown!


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