Softball notes: starting pitchers stand ground, a tackle and a lot of strikeouts

OKLAHOMA CITY — Much of the excitement surrounding the Women’s College World Series games between No. 1 Florida and No. 10 Oklahoma involved the two pitching staffs.

Monday, in the first game of the championship series, they didn’t disappoint.

OU’s Paige Lowary got the start, battling the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award winner Kelly Barnhill. The Missouri transfer held her