OKLAHOMA CITY — A pair of Oklahoma natives shared a special moment at Hall of Fame Stadium.
The two Sooners helped Oklahoma tie Game 2 of the Women's College World Series championship round in the top of the fourth at three runs each.
Chickasha native Lynnsie Elam doubled to plate senior Raegan Rogers. The RBI marks Elam’s first ever in a Women’s College World Series game.
Rogers, who's primarily a pinch-runner for the Sooners, is from Blanchard, Oklahoma, and attended Bridge Creek High School.
Rogers and Elam are two of six Oklahoma natives on the Sooners' roster. The others include senior Caleigh Clifton (Wayne), Kinsey Koeltzow (Tuttle), Audrie LaValley (Choctaw) and Sami Skelly (Lone Grove).
• Better night: Nicole Mendes didn’t flinch Monday when asked what the Sooners needed to do mentally to get over a 16-3 rout to the Bruins.
“Flush it,” Mendes said. “New day, new game, new team.”
The Sooners did that, with a much more competitive outing.
OU had seven hits through five innings — its total through seven frames Monday — and had multiple chances to take the lead. The Sooners left eight runners on base through five innings, included a bases-loaded situation with Jocelyn Alo at the plate in the third.
• Red and blue: Holly Rowe swears she didn’t do this on purpose.
“I didn’t think about it when I packed [for the trip],” the ESPN sideline reporter tweeted late Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday, Rowe reported from the field in a red dress, which UCLA fans didn’t particularly like. They had a little fun with her, chanting for her to change before the game.
The only colors left in her wardrobe after a week at the WCWS were red and blue. Rowe wore a navy blue piece during Monday’s game.
• History repeats itself: The Bruins hit four home runs against the Sooners on Monday, which tied a World Series record for most home runs in a single game from one team.
UCLA repeated its record performance with four homers against OU on Tuesday.
Bubba Nickles and Briana Perez hit UCLA’s first two home runs on Tuesday in the first inning.
Aaliyah Jordan homered to center in the bottom of the third. Brianna Tautalafua then sent a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth.
• First things first: The team that scored first won every Women’s College World Series game leading into Game 2 of the championship series.
UCLA kept that tradition alive in the final game of the World Series on Tuesday.