Oregon tops LSU 4-1, will play Oklahoma in WCWS semifinals

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The third-seeded Oregon Ducks matched their deepest run at the Women's College World Series, but couldn't surpass it.

The first innings of the game were a lightning-fast pitcher's duel, with Paige Parker and Megan Kleist trading zeros. With one play, OU had all the momentum it needed to pull out a 4-2 come-from-behind WCWS semifinal win against the No. 3 Ducks Sunday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

Kvistad homered in the first inning and had a two-run single in the second to knock out Huskies right-hander Taran Alvelo (33-9), second in the nation in victories.

The Sooners are 8-1 this postseason, their only loss coming in the very first game of the Norman Regional, a surprising 3-2 defeat to North Dakota State.

"On this stage, it's just — 10,000 people watching", Svekis said. Moore is proud of what his team accomplished. They're a gritty bunch with a lot of talent. "We play every single pitch with everything we've got, not letting down, not letting in". It's going to bite you eventually, and we didn't play clean ball this tournament.

After a scoreless first four innings, OR took a 2-0 lead that was turned on its head in the bottom of the fifth because of an Oklahoma comeback.

"I just wanted to fight for my seniors", Christensen said.

"It was really exciting", Svekis said. "I really didn't think of it being a no-hitter until I got the hit".

After a steal of second by Arnold, freshman Nicole Mendes hit a chopper to Nikki Udria at shortstop. But third baseman Jenna Lilley muffed the throw and Ellis scored Baylor's first run.

Maddison Kettler followed by reaching safely on a fielder's choice and error on the Ducks, allowing Ellis to score and putting Christensen on third.

The Lady Bears cut Oregon's lead to 5-4 when Walker came across on Shelby Friudenberg's single.

Scoreless through four innings, OR pulled ahead 2-0 before the Sooners came roaring back in the bottom half.

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Kleist, who had a terrific Saturday for the Ducks with a save in the win over Baylor and a nine-strikeout start against LSU, gave up two earned runs and four runs overall in 4.2 innings in the circle for head coach Mike White before giving way to Miranda Elish.

Knighten stole second to put herself in scoring position and give Oklahoma 110 steals on the year, tying the 2005 OU squad for second most in program history.

"We had runners on base", LSU coach Beth Torina said. "I threw three riseballs to her in a row".

But the Lady Bears weren't through as they loaded the bases against Maggie Balint when Kettler walked and Cargill and Walker singled.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Megan Kleist came through again for Oregon.

The Gators are looking for their third title in four seasons, a winning streak broken only by OU's own win previous year. They will be vying for back-to-back titles when they play the previous back-to-back champions.

OR defeated Baylor earlier this afternoon to stay alive and advance to this game of the WCWS.

Junior pitcher Paige Parker threw the initial five innings to earn the win, while Paige Lowary closed the show in the final two frames to earn another save. Paige Lowary came on to finish the game for the Sooners and pitched two flawless frames. A full count offering was delivered just over the right field wall.

After an hour, 13-minute rain delay, OR scored two more against Rodoni as Alexis Mack and Nikki Udria singled and scored on Camuso's two-run double to left field in the third inning.

"I find it pretty unbelievable", Gasso said.

"She just did a fantastic job, probably one of the best games she's thrown this year", OR coach Mike White said.

Gourley was almost untouchable in the circle, allowing only a bunt single to Van Zee in the second and a walk to Casey Stangel in the fourth before the seventh inning.