TUCSON, Ariz.-- The first game of the Arizona-Oklahoma Super Regional was not completed due to heavy rain in the Tucson area. The game will be resumed from its current point in the top of the seventh inning on Saturday at 1 p.m., with Arizona leading 6-0.
Game two of the three-game series will begin as originally scheduled, at 2 p.m. (PDT) and will be televised on ESPN. If necessary, game three will be played at 6 p.m.
The first two innings were marked by winds gusting to 25 miles per hour. Much of the crowd of 1,137 took shelter beneath the grandstands and remained on hand. The game was delayed one hour and 27 minutes due to lightning in the top of the third inning.
UA began the game like it meant business, but stalled quickly in the bottom of the first thanks to some good defense by the Sooners. Caitlin Lowe and Autumn Champion singled, and Kristie Fox drew a walk to load the bases. OU pitcher Kami Keiter struck out Jackie Coburn then started a double play on a bouncer back to the circle by Shelly Schultz.
OU put two runners in scoring position in the second, with Jamie Fox drawing a walk off Alicia Hollowell and Keiter doubling to left field. Hollowell struck out Nicole Denes and fot Jessica Leslie to pop up to second to end the threat.
Arizona made another out at the plate in the bottom of the third, but also staged a big two-out rally to take the lead. Lowe and Fox had hits to put runners at the corners, but Lowe was thrown out on a Coburn squeeze bunt try. But Schultz singled to load the bases, and Callista Balko drew a walk to drive in the first run.
Crystal Farley hit a squibber down the third base line and Schultz beat the only possible throw -- to third base -- while Coburn scored. Courtney Fossatti drove in the third run with a fielder's choice, helped when Balko beat another throw to third.
The Cats pushed it to 5-0 in the fifth. Farley and Fossatti singled, everyone was safe on a fielder's choice by Adrienne Acton, and Lowe drew a run-scoring walk. Relief pitcher Denes allowed another run with a wild pitch.
In the sixth inning, Farley came to the plate with one out and runners at the corners. After popping to short, Balko tagged from first base, drawing the attention of the Sooner defense, and allowing pinch runner Courtney Nix to score the game's sixth run.