The hero of Oklahoma's World Series comeback led her team to a win after dislocating her finger and popping it back in while on base
- University of Oklahoma softball star Taylon Snow dislocated her finger sliding into third base on Saturday.
- When Snow refused to exit the game, a trainer popped her finger into place so she could resume play.
- She scored the game-tying run shortly after, helping keep the Sooners' season alive.
There's never a good time to get injured as an athlete, but midway through your team's Women's College World Series game certainly isn't ideal.
Such was the case for University of Oklahoma infielder Taylon Snow during the Sooners' Saturday game against the UCLA Bruins. The stakes were high: Snow - a senior - was on first base as the game-tying run in the win-or-go-home postseason thriller.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Sooners senior Nicole Mendes hit a hard ground ball to third. Snow slid into second base, then quickly bolted to third after a wayward throw flew into the outfield. But as she slid head-first into third base to beat the tag, Snow's right hand caught the bag, forcing one of her fingers out of its socket.
-Iruk (@IRUKLugo) June 6, 2021
The injury left Snow with an apparently dislocated middle finger.
Be warned, the following clip is not for the faint of heart:
-Barroom Network (@BarroomNetwork) June 6, 2021
Snow's teammates and coaching staff - as well as the Oklahoma fanbase - would not have been surprised to see the star take a seat on the bench following her injury. But Sooners head coach Patty Gasso said Snow ardently refused to be subbed out, according to USA Today's Josh Callaway.
Instead, she quickly made her way to the dugout, where a team trainer "readjusted" her finger, Gasso said. With the digit popped back into place, Snow made her way back out to third base.
Then she went ahead and scored the game-tying run for Oklahoma.
-Oklahoma Softball (@OU_Softball) June 6, 2021
Snow and the Sooners continued to pour in runs from there, racking up 10 total to keep their season alive. With the win, Oklahoma advanced to the semifinals against the tournament's Cinderella - the James Madison University Dukes. The two sides will play on Monday afternoon for a spot in the championship game.
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