Auburn and Oklahoma met on Monday night to begin the quest to determine a National Champion in college softball as the Women's College World Series reached its championship round.
By night's end, it was the Sooners who now stand one win away from earning the crown. After a big third inning and a stave off of the rallying Tigers in the top of the seventh, OU picked up a 3-2 victory in Game 1 of the 2016 WCWS. Should the Sooners win on Tuesday, they would net their third title in program history, all of which have come since the turn of the 21st century.
Sydney Romero was credited with the big blow of the game in the third inning. Romero launched a pitch into the seats as she was credited with a three-run home run that gave the Sooners everything they would need to eventually seal the victory.
Auburn wouldn't go away quietly though and pulled off a late rally in the seventh that would eventually go on to be futile. Jade Rhodes propelled a two-run homer in the final frame of the game and although the Tigers had several situations where they could take advantage, Paige Parker kept her cool and eventually shut the door on the Auburn comeback attempt.
Auburn and Oklahoma will play on Tuesday night in OKC, where the Sooners will look to end the series quickly and become the 2016 National Champions.