Clemson’s softball team fell short to Oklahoma in Game 1 of the Norman Super Regional Friday, falling to the Sooners 9-2.
After scoring one run in the first inning, the Sooners tacked on their second score of the game in the bottom of the second on a passed ball. In the bottom of the fourth, Oklahoma first baseman Cydney Sanders hit a two-run homer to left field to give the Sooners a 4–0 lead.
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Having trailed, Clemson came on the board in the top of the fifth when Caroline Jacobsen hit a two-RBI double to bring McKenzie Clark and Ansley Houston home to make it a two-run game. Shortly thereafter, the Tigers had the bases loaded with one out, but stranded all three runners and was unable to tack again.
Although Clemson limited the Sooners’ offensive production in the first four frames, Oklahoma responded with five runs in the bottom of the fifth, four of them on a grand slam by Lee. The five points gave Oklahoma a seven-point lead and made a Clemson comeback insurmountable.
Leaving runners on base was a common theme for Clemson, as the Tigers stranded nine runners during the game.
Valerie Cagle, who got the loss in the circle, gave up seven hits and eight runs and closed with two strikeouts.
The Tigers face the Sooners in Game 2 of the Norman Super Regional on Saturday at 1PM EDT and must win to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament.