It was a crazy and wild night for No. 4 Arizona, as they wrapped up their day against No. 2 Oklahoma with Alyssa Denham in the circle. The game would end in 10 innings with Oklahoma stealing the game away 6-4 in an epic comeback victory.
In Denham’s last start, she struggled to find the strike zone, which led to giving up four runs in 4.1 innings of work.
Things were different this time around for Denham as she seemed to have more of a confidence to herself than she did in her last start. She went six innings, giving up four runs, but showed a toughness to her game.
On the offensive side, Arizona got a spark from its top of the order, which combined to go 4-for-12 with four RBIs. Out of those four RBIs, Reyna Carranco had two of her own.
Another Highlight on the offensive in was Jessie Harper, who got things started with a solo shot. The home run gives Harper three on the season as she chases the NCAA record of 95 for career home runs set by Lauren Chamberlain.
As the game headed into the seventh inning, Arizona got itself into a jam with runners on and no outs. They turned to former Oklahoma standout Mariah Lopez who was able to escape the inning with only giving up one run that tied the game at six all.
Lopez would go four high pressured innings, giving up zero earned runs and striking out five batters along the way. Just like in the first game of the day, she got stronger as the game went along. Lopez finished her day pitching in two games and racking up 18 strikeouts.
As the game went on, every moment intensified for both teams as there seemed to be no end in sight. Every strike had that much more meaning behind it, especially with the international tiebreaker rules in effect.
Unfortunately for Lopez, in the tenth inning, her defense collapsed with two critical errors leading to two Oklahoma runs. With all the momentum in Oklahoma’s dugout, the game looked all but over.
Still, in the bottom half of the inning, things looked to be going Arizona’s way when Janelle Meono dropped down a punt that seemed to be in fair territory. However, that wasn’t the call, it was ruled a foul ball, and two pitches late Meono popped up to third, almost killing any rally.
After the game coach, Mike Candrea talked about the disappointing end of what was a strong performance for Arizona.