Not many games feature a comeback after trailing 7-0, a home run brought back from over the fence, or a walk-off grand slam, but Auburn’s 11-7 win over Oklahoma Tuesday night to force a third game in the Women’s College World Series had all three.

Oklahoma scored a run in the top of the first, then six more in the second to take a 7-0 lead, but the Tigers fought back with five runs of their own (all scored with two outs) in the bottom of the second and then tied the game in the fifth on a two-run homer from SEC player of the year Kasey Cooper. The Sooners looked set to pull back into the lead in the top of the sixth when a drive from Shay Knighten cleared the left-field wall, but Auburn’s Tiffany Howard managed to climb the wall, stretch over it, and make the catch:

Here’s another angle:

And here’s a screengrab showing just how far over the wall this catch was made:

Auburn catch

That was only part of Howard’s heroics on the night, as she also hit a RBI triple in the second and then scored on a wild pitch. Her great catch kept the score knotted at seven through the regulation seven innings, and paved the way for extra-inning heroics from Emily Carosone, who came up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth:

Auburn lost Game 1 of the best-of-three series Monday night by a 3-2 score, so they needed this one to stay alive. Plenty were undoubtedly counting them out once it got to be 7-0, but the Tigers battled back, perhaps channeling their school’s history of improbable comebacks. Now, they’ll get to play Oklahoma again in a winner-takes-all Game 3, which takes place Wednesday night at 7 Eastern on ESPN. We’ll see if Howard, Carosone and the rest of the Auburn team have any more tricks up their sleeves.


About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.