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Texas had its chances early on to derail OU’s crowning glory by attempting to win the Women’s College World Series for the second straight year and sixth time in the program’s history.
But the Longhorns’ early shot — two runs in the first inning — was nothing more than a minor annoyance for the Sooners, who eventually came out swinging and there was little Texas could do to slow the inevitable.
OU defeated the Longhorns 10-5 Thursday night at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium to win the WCWS Championship Series.
The Sooners finished the season 59-3, one of the most dominant seasons in NCAA softball history.
For three innings, it looked like Texas could only force a Game 3.
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They missed OU starter Jordy Bahl on-plate fits and despite a string of leadoff hitters getting base for the Sooners, OU’s mighty bats couldn’t find a way to line up anything more on Longhorns’ starter Estelle Czech.
After Wednesday’s 16-1 win over OU, Texas coach Mike White said containing the Sooners’ offense was next to impossible.
“We have to get runs to beat them,” White said. “They’re going to put up some numbers, four or five, we’ve got to find a way to score seven points. That’s how it is, you know.”
The Longhorns looked up to the challenge early, smashing the ball across the park when Bahl wasn’t a Texas hitter.
Janae Jefferson led the first with a hard punch to the middle from the bottom before Mia Scott followed with a left.
After a walk, Alyssa Washington almost drove the ball out of the park but landed with a sacrificial fly instead.
Mary Iakopo fired one up herself, driving one into the far reaches of midfield before Jayda Coleman leapt and caught him for the second time with another sacrifice flight that gave the Longhorns a 2-0 lead.
Courtney Day, one of the stars of the WCWS for the Longhorns, then got into one more, this time on left side of center.
But Coleman tracked it down too, jumping even higher and robbing Day of a home run that would have given the Longhorns a 5-0 lead.
Instead, the OU deficit was only two.
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Bahl allowed two runners in the second and one in the third – erased on a doubles play that began with the diving snap of Sooners’ shortstop Grace Lyons – before settling.
It took OU a little longer to get a lot going offensively.
The Sooners put on the leadoff hitter in each of the first three innings but couldn’t do anything about Texas’ Estelle Czech.
But then the floodgates opened.
OU equalized in the fourth round after Alyssa Brito started with a double before a mistake allowed Brito to score. Taylon Snow then tied it with an RBI single.
In the fifth, it was the end of OU’s one-time stint after Tiare singled Jennings and Lyons was hit by a throw.
Brito gave the Sooners their first lead with an RBI double and Kinzie Hansen followed with a three-run homer to put OU 6-2 ahead.
The Sooners then erased all chances of a Friday game with four more in the sixth, the big hit being a Lyons triple homer.
Then it was just a matter of counting the outs.
Bahl made it through the first four innings, only allowing two hits after the first two batsmen touched them.
Then came Nicole May, who took the game to seventh place, conceding just one hit.
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With an out in the seventh, Sooners coach Patty Gasso brought out Hope Trautwein to finish the game in circles and Jocelyn Alo — the all-time home run hitter in NCAA history — to finish the game.
Raised as a Texas fan in suburban Austin, Trautwein is the longtime senior of OU’s three main pitchers and has become one of the stars of the WCWS.
Trautwein was touched up by Scott for a triple home run, but that only delayed the inevitable.
Fans in the park held up their phones at every two-out pitch to capture the celebration.
It finally came after a walk, when Washington gently touched down on Jennings in the second step. When Jennings’ throw hit Snow’s glove, the celebration started around the field.
In the best-of-three championship series, OU beat Texas 26-6.
In six WCWS games, the Sooners outplayed their opponents 64-17.
No team has ever scored more than 49 runs in the WCWS. No team other than OU’s champion team last season had ever scored more than 47 points.
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WCWS Championship Series Schedule
Best-of-three series between OU and Texas:
Game 1:Oklahoma 16, Texas 1
Game 2: Oklahoma 10, Texas 5
Former NCAA softball champions
2021: Oklahoma (56-4)
2020: Canceled due to pandemic
2019: UCLA (56-6)
2018: Florida State (58-12)
2017: Oklahoma (61-9)
2016: Oklahoma (57-8)
2015: Florida (60-7)
2014: Florida (55-12)
2013: Oklahoma (57-4)
2012: Alabama (60-8)
2011: Arizona State (60-6)
2010: UCLA (50-14-1)
2009: Washington (51-12)
2008: Arizona State (66-5)
2007: Arizona (50-14-1)
2006: Arizona (54-11)
2005: Michigan (65-7)
2004: UCLA (47-9)
2003: UCLA (54-7)
2002: California (56-19)
2001: Arizona (65-4)
2000: Oklahoma (66-8)
1999: UCLA (63-6)
1998: Fresno State (52-11)
1997: Arizona State (61-5)
1996: Arizona (58-9)
1995: UCLA (50-6)
1994: Arizona (64-3)
1993: Arizona (44-8)
1992: UCLA (54-2)
1991: Arizona (56-16)
1990: UCLA (62-7)
1989: UCLA (48-4)
1988: UCLA (53-8)
1987: Texas A&M (56-8)
1986: Cal State Fullerton (57-9-1)
1985: UCLA (41-9)
1984: UCLA (45-6-1)
1983: Texas A&M (41-11)
1982: UCLA (33-7-2)
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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