Oklahoma’s Paige Parker threw more than 300 pitches the three previous days, and she was ready to go again for the Sooners in the first game of the Women’s College World Series championship final on Monday night in Oklahoma City.
Parker, who played at Truman High School, threw 91 more pitches in the Sooners’ 3-2 win over Auburn. The Sooners can take the title with a win in game two of the best-of-three series at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Oklahoma scored all of its runs in the third inning on Sydney Romero’s three-run homer, and Parker held the Tigers scoreless until the bottom of the seventh.
Auburn’s Jade Rhodes homered to make it 3-2, but Parker was able to hold on for the victory.
Last year Alabama knocked the Sooners out of the tournament in a super regional, but Parker and the Sooners learned from that experience.
“She was in very similar situations for anybody who was watching last year,” coach Patty Gasso said Friday. “(Parker has) definitely matured into a veteran sophomore. Sometimes you've got to go through some tough times to get the end product.”