For the third game in a row, Auburn let Oklahoma jump out to an early lead, and that was all the difference.
After Auburn went down in order in the Bottom 1st, Oklahoma managed to get runners aboard and get two across the plate for the 2-0 lead thanks to two errors by Auburn. Those were the only two runs they would score.
Unfortunately, with Paige Parker in the circle, that was all they would need.
It wasn't that Auburn didn't get to Parker. The Tigers had base runners often throughout the night. At one point the Tigers had bases loaded with no outs and the heart of the lineup at the plate. A strikeout and double-play later and OU escaped with no damage.
The Tigers' biggest play of the night was a Jade Rhodes bomb to deep left field that cleared the bleachers. Unfortunately, it was a solo shot that only cut the lead in half to 2-1.
Auburn had other opportunities, but there was nothing doing for the Tigers as Oklahoma's stellar defense made the plays necessary to shut Auburn's offense down most of the night.
For Clint Myers' Tigers, what a ride its been. He arrived three years ago and told his team they would play for it all. They did just that and came so close to taking down Oklahoma and winning it all this season.
For the seniors, who signed with Auburn before Myers arrived, I'm sure this has been even crazier. They formed the leadership of this team and took them to the highest point this team has ever been. They came up just a little bit short. That doesn't take away from the foundation that they've built, though.
In Myers' first season at Auburn, he took them to the NCAA Regional. In Year 2, Auburn came up just shy of the Championship Series and fell in the semis. In Year 3, they made it to the final game and came up just short of the title. It's safe to say they'll be back. And soon.
War Eagle. Always.