OKLAHOMA CITY -- No. 4 Auburn's rally fell just short as the Tigers took a 3-2 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma in the opening game of the Women's College World Series championship. Auburn (57-11) and Oklahoma (55-8) meet again on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the best-of-three series.
"I'm very proud of our team," head coach Clint Myers said after the game. "I'm very proud of Lexi Davis. I mean, there was some talk about why she was pitching, and I think you saw why she pitched. She gave up seven hits. Five never left the infield. If we make a play at first base, we win that ballgame. She pitched well enough to win, we just didn't support her defensively or offensively."
The Tigers trailed 3-0 heading into the seventh inning and were hoping for their third-straight last inning comeback during the WCWS. A leadoff walk from Carlee Wallace started the final frame and Jade Rhodes brought the deficit down to one belting her 19th homerun of the year. Auburn kept the pressure up with a single from Haley Fagan and Whitney Jordan put her and pinch runner Casey McCrackin into scoring position on a throwing error from Oklahoma.
Pinch hitter Courtney Shea ripped a hard-hit ball at the OU first baseman and after the ball bounced off her she was able to recover in time throwing out McCrackin at the plate. The game ended with the tying run at third base for Auburn's first defeat during the WCWS.
Lexi Davis (6-1) received the start for Auburn throwing the first inning in nearly a month. The senior went the distance with one strikeout and just one extra base hit.
Oklahoma's Sydney Romero provided that extra base hit as she put the Sooners ahead during the third inning with a three run homer with two outs on the board.
"This is a good ballclub," Myers said. "You're going to see us come out fighting tomorrow. Nobody is hanging their heads. We're excited to be here."
"We've been against the wall plenty of times," senior Emily Carosone said. "We know how to handle it, like Coach said. It's not over. The season is not over yet. We still have a game to play with and two more to win. We know what we need to do."
Auburn and Oklahoma play tomorrow on June 7th at 8 pm ET with the game broadcast on ESPN.