Oklahoma fends off Texas A&M to advance to regional final
The top-seeded Sooners received a tough battle from their future conference mates but prevailed on Day 2 of the NCAA Norman Regional.
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NORMAN, Okla. — One more win is all the Sooners need to punch their ticket to next weekend’s NCAA Super Regionals.
Oklahoma knocked off Texas A&M 3-2 on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s NCAA Norman Regional final.
The Sooners quickly gained control of Saturday’s winner’s bracket game against the Aggies with a leadoff home run via Jayda Coleman in the bottom of the first. OU tacked on a second first-inning score, thanks to Grace Lyons' RBI double that plated Jocelyn Alo.
Coleman added an important run in the fourth inning, scoring Rylie Boone on a one-run double. That score proved useful for the Sooners, who allowed a sixth-inning, two-run home run from Texas A&M senior Haley Lee.
OU’s Day 2 starter, Hope Trautwein, allowed three hits and struck out two in a complete-game effort.
OU will face Texas A&M, which rallied to beat Minnesota late Saturday and stay alive in the postseason, again in the regional final. OU will need just one win on Sunday to advance to the Super Regionals, while the Aggies will need to beat the Sooners twice to advance.
Texas A&M’s sixth-inning home run marked just the eighth home run the Sooners’ pitching staff has allowed and just the second off of newcomer Hope Trautwein all season.
Coleman’s home run was her first since OU’s 3-0 win over Texas on April 14 and her seventh of the season. The OU sophomore has 16 home runs for her career.
OU improves to 51-30 against Texas A&M in the programs' all-time series. The teams last met on Feb. 21, 2020, in Cathedral City, California. OU won 2-1 and has won eight consecutive games against the Aggies.
Regional results and schedule
Friday, May 20 (all times in CT)
Game 1: Texas A&M 5, Minnesota 1
Game 2: Oklahoma 14, Prairie View A&M 0
Saturday, May 21
Game 3: Oklahoma 3, Texas A&M 2
Game 4: Minnesota 13, Prairie View A&M 1
Game 5: Texas A&M 10, Minnesota 7
Sunday, May 22
Game 6: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M (TV TBD, ESPN Networks), 1 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M (TV TBD, ESPN Networks), 3:30 p.m.