Rogers leads Tennessee past Oklahoma St, to the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tennessee overcame a disproportionate loss and focused on the opportunity at hand.

Ashley Rogers pitched a complete game, and the fourth-seeded Lady Vols defeated No. 6 Oklahoma State 3-1 on Sunday to qualify for the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series.

The Tennessee ace allowed one run and four hits while striking out four. He returned to the circle after not playing in a 9-0 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday that put the Lady Vols on the brink of elimination.

“We don’t think it was us on the field yesterday,” Rogers said. “Just knowing who we are as a team and just playing Tennessee softball and just throwing it in the water, turning the page — it’s a new day, it’s a new game.”

Rogers threw 136 pitches.

“I feel like I’m pretty conditioned to release that,” she said. “I’ve probably thrown 100+ pitches in most of my games. Trusting my preparation, trusting the defense, keep fighting and fighting every pitch.”