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First Game Of Supers Goes Against Huskies

May 28, 2021

NORMAN, Okla. – The #16 Washington Huskies fell 4-2 to the #1 Oklahoma Sooners Friday night, falling behind 1-0 in the best-of-three Super Regional. Sis Bates became Washington's all-time hits leader in the game, recording the 318th and 319th hits of her career to pass Sara Pickering.

The loss ends a three-game winning streak against Oklahoma, stretching back to the 2018 Women's College World Series. Washington also had its five-game Super Regionals winning streak end, suffering its first loss in Super Regionals since 2017.

It was a close-fought battle throughout, with neither team holding more than a one-run lead until the fifth inning, when a costly error helped Oklahoma put two more runs on the board. Washington rallied in the seventh, cutting it to a two-run game and putting two runners on bases before a double play ended the game.

Bates and Sami Reynolds had multi-hit games for the Huskies. Washington had two solo home runs, from Reynolds and Kelley Lynch.

Gabbie Plain was solid, twice retiring the side in order and allowing only three earned runs in the game. After fighting through three early HBPs, Plain would allow just three baserunners to reach scoring position in the game's final four innings.


  • First Inning: The inside pitch cost the Huskies, as an HBP with the bases loaded made it 1-0 Oklahoma.
  • Second Inning: After fouling off several pitches, Reynolds ripped a no-doubt bomb, a solo shot well out of the entire park in dead centerfield to tie it back up 1-1.
  • Third Inning: A solo home run by Oklahoma gave the Sooners the lead once again, at 2-1.
  • Fifth Inning: An RBI single and an error put two runs on the board for Oklahoma, making it 4-1.
  • Seventh Inning: Lynch lofted a flyball down the leftfield line, clearing the fence and cutting the deficit to two runs.


  • Bates (2x3) is now tied for the Pac-12 hits lead this year with 74.
  • Reynolds' (2x3, HR) solo shot was her 50th hit of the season and second postseason home run, with the other coming at the 2019 WCWS.
  • In her last four games, Reynolds is hitting .400 with four runs and three RBI.
  • Lynch (1x3, HR) now has a three-game postseason hit streak, with four RBI in the last two games.
  • Plain (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) now has 1.63 ERA against national top-five offenses in her career.
  • Plain passed Taran Alvelo for the second-most postseason innings pitched in Washington history.

Washington and Oklahoma face off again tomorrow, at 12:00 pm PT on ABC. If Washington wins that game, game three will be Sunday at 1:00 pm PT on ESPN.

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