The No. 4 seeded Oklahoma Sooners are still alive after eliminating the No. 2 seeded Florida 2-0 from the WCWS. Unlike Game 1 of last season’s epic championship series between OU and UF, the Gators couldn’t stretch this one for 17 innings, and now the Sooners advance, setting up an enourmous rematch with the Washington Huskies.
Ace pitcher Paige Parker got the start in the circle once again in the second game of Saturday’s double-header. As she has been throughout her career, Parker was phenomenal, throwing for eight strikeouts and giving up only two hits in a complete game performance.
Oklahoma’s Jocelyn Alo, the nation’s leader in home runs, extended her count to 30 dingers on the year, tying the NCAA Division 1 all-time freshman mark for most homers in a single season.
The rematch of last year’s WCWS Championship Series started with a bang. With one out in the bottom of the first inning, Alo smacked a Kelly Barnhill pitch just inside the left field corner, putting Oklahoma up 1-0 right out of the gate.
In the bottom of the fifth, after a Caleigh Clifton walk and two outs, Sydney Romero singled to third followed by an intentional walk for Alo. With the bases loaded, Shay Knighten struck out swinging, but reached first on a wild pitch, bringing in another Sooner run. Oklahoma extended its lead to 2-0, and that would prove to be the final margin of the game.
Up next, the Oklahoma Sooners have earned themselves a rematch against the No. 5 seeded Washington Huskies Sunday at 12 p.m. on ESPN. UW defeated OU 2-0 on Thursday, but the two-time reigning champs have a chance for redemption against the same team that put them in the loser’s bracket. Oklahoma will have to defeat Washington twice in order to advance to the WCWS Championship.
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