The victory in game one was Georgia’s first win over a top-ranked opponent since Georgia (28-12) defeated Florida in the 2016 NCAA Super Regional in Gainesville. It was Georgia’s first No. 1 win in a regular season since 2011 when Georgia run-ruled Arizona 8-0 in Cathedral City, California.
BEST OF THE BEST: College softball’s top 11 pitchers of all time
Oklahoma (34-1) came to Athens carrying a perfect 33-0 record. The last time the Sooners lost a game was Feb. 29, 2020 against North Texas in Norman.
Georgia 7, Oklahoma 6 (9 innings)
Georgia out hit the Sooners 11-5 in the game. Redshirt-sophomore Jaiden Fields finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBI including the game-winning hit in the ninth. Four other Bulldogs all recorded two hits each including junior Savana Sikes, sophomores Sydney Kuma and Sara Mosley, and freshman Sydney Chambley.
Graduate Mary Wilson Avant (15-5) pitched a career-long nine innings in the circle. Avant fanned three Sooners in her extra-inning outing, allowing six runs on five hits.
After a scoreless opening inning, OU’s Jayda Coleman put the Sooners on the board with a solo home run in the second, 1-0.
Kuma responded in the bottom of the fourth with a leadoff home run to knot the game at 1-1. Fields then hit a triple to plate Mosley and put the Bulldogs in front, 2-1, heading to the fifth inning.
MORE: Here are 9 DI softball records that will (probably) never be broken
A two-out grand slam off the bat of Lynnsie Elam put Oklahoma out in front 5-2 in the sixth.
Fields got a base hit to drop in right field and two runs came in to score to make it a one run game, 5-4, in the bottom of the sixth.
The home half of the seventh began with a leadoff double by Chambley. Chambley then swiped third to put the tying run 60 feet away. After a walk to junior Lacey Fincher, Mosley singled to right, driving in Chambley and knotting the game at 6-6. The potential winning run was stranded on third as the game was sent into extra innings.
Avant retired the Sooners in order through the eighth and ninth innings.
With two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth, Fields delivered a single to left field. Pinch runner Jacqui Switzer rounded third and headed home. The throw to the plate was off the mark, allowing Switzer to score the winning run and handing Oklahoma its first loss of 2021, 7-6.
Oklahoma 12, Georgia 0 (5 inn.)
Georgia scattered three hits in the nightcap with one each from Kuma, Mosley, and Chambley. Kuma provided the big hit of the game for Georgia, a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth.
Graduate Alley Cutting (6-5) suffered the loss in the circle. She worked two-thirds of an inning in her start, surrendering four earned runs. Georgia used four total pitchers in the second game of the doubleheader.
OU jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning on three base hits.
The Sooners added to the lead in the second, plating three runs on an RBI single and a pair of bases-loaded walks, 8-0.
NEXT-LEVEL PERFECTION: North Texas’ Trautwein throws a first-of-its-kind perfect game
Four more runs came in to score for Oklahoma in the top of the fourth, 12-0 Sooners.
Freshman pitcher Britton Rogers put up two scoreless innings in fourth and fifth innings.
The Bulldogs didn’t go quietly in the fifth. After walks to freshman Ellie Armistead and Sikes, Kuma blasted her second home run of the day to left center to bring the final tally to 12-3.
Georgia will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee for a three-game series with the Tennessee Lady Vols beginning Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s games will air on ESPN 2 at 2 p.m. each day.