UL/Oklahoma Postseason Softball Flashback: 2005
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun softball team will travel to Norman, Oklahoma this week, to take on the Oklahoma Sooners, in a best-of-three game NCAA Super Regional series.
The first game is scheduled for Thursday night at 8 o’clock, with the second game slated for Friday evening at 6 pm.
If necessary, the third and decisive game will be played on Friday night at approximately 9 o’clock.
Louisiana, making their 5th-consecutive Super Regional appearance, and their 7th in the last 9 years, is currently 46-7 on the season, while Oklahoma, making their 7th-consecutive trip to Super Regional, will enter the series with an overall mark of 50-7.
The series will mark the third time that the two schools will meet in the postseason after playing in the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
Today, we look back at 2005:
In the first year of the current Super Regional format, in the 4-team regional format, Louisiana and Oklahoma were both in the Norman, Oklahoma Regional.
In their first game in the regional, Louisiana defeated Oregon, 7-5, setting up a showdown with the top-seed, and host school, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma got on the scoreboard first, scoring three runs on three hits on Louisiana starter Heather Bobbitt.
The first three Sooners reached base, before they settled for three runs, giving them the quick advantage.
The scored stayed that way until the bottom half of the 5th inning, when Louisiana finally got to Oklahoma starter Kami Keiter.
With two outs and nobody on Keiter issued back-to-back walks, issuing free passes to Codi Runyan and Tiffany Hebert, before Jill Robertson crushed a long 3-run home run to left-centerfield, to tie the game, 3-3.
The momentum was only short-lived however, as Oklahoma scored two runs in the 6th, before adding an insurance run on a solo homer by St. Thomas More graduate Tayl'r Hollis, to go on to the 6-3 win.
Louisiana was eliminated later that day, falling to Oregon, while Oklahoma went on to win the regional, before dropping 2-straight games to Arizona in the first year of NCAA Super Regional play.