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Oklahoma’s Next Champions are National Champions for the second year in a row and the sixth time in the program’s history.
Oklahoma defended its title with a 10-5 victory over Texas in Game Two of the Women’s College Women’s World Finals Thursday. The Sooners swept the Longhorns in a best of three streak that also included a landslide 16-1 win in Game One on Wednesday.
While Oklahoma and Texas are the top 12 competitors, this wasn’t a close fight at all.
The Sooners ranked first all season as they looked to defend their national title, while the Longhorns reached the Women’s College World Finals for the first time in the program’s history.
They were too The first ever unranked team to go so far.
Game 1 made it inevitable that Oklahoma would lift the cup, but the Texans weren’t ready to go down without a fight and scored two first-half fly-bys from Alyssa Washington and Mary Iacupo.
Had it not been for Jayda Coleman to catch a wall jump to knock out a potential Homer from two Courtney Day tournaments, the Sooners would have been staring at a massive 4-0 deficit in the opening frame.
Perhaps no overly frightening deficit for Oklahoma’s strong offensive, but it was a defensive blunder from Texans that allowed the champions to get to the plate first. Alyssa Britto doubled back and then scored on Mia Scott’s foul, and RBI’s Tylon Snow tied for the next game.
However, Estel Cheek pulled off the stalemate and kept the match squared with the help of a double play as the theme of great defensive points continued:
It was only a matter of time, before the Sooners’ bats rolled, and they did just that in the fifth inning.
Preto’s double RBI and Kinzie Hansen’s three-stroke blast broke the match, and rookie Jordy Bahl switched the game to the Oklahoma Bullpen in the final three rounds after allowing two runs and four strokes in the first four frames.
While Hope Trautwein ditched a three-stroke home for Scott after Nicole May set up a 2.1 goalless tire, the relief shooters didn’t have to turn out the lights with the abuse behind them.
Homer’s Grace Lions three games highlighted the sixth game of four games as the attack continued and Oklahoma earned the title behind an unstoppable attack that is among the best in the history of the sport.
The only way he realistically ended this season was with Oklahoma as the national champion, and the Big 12 representative appropriately put on another show in his last game.