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The Oklahoma Sooners are national champions for the second straight year and sixth time in program history.
Oklahoma defended its crown with a 10-5 win over Texas in Game 2 of the Women’s College World Series Championship Final on Thursday. The Sooners swept the Longhorns in the best-of-three series that also included a blowout 16-1 win in Game 1 on Wednesday.
Although Oklahoma and Texas are Big 12 rivals, it has never been a close fight.
The Sooners were ranked No. 1 all season as they sought to defend their national title, while the Longhorns reached the Women’s University World Series Championship Finals for the first time in program history.
They were also the unranked first team to go this far.
Game 1 felt like it was inevitable for Oklahoma to lift the trophy, but Texas weren’t ready to go down without a fight and scored two runs in the first inning against Alyssa’s Sacrificial Flies Washington and Mary Yakopo.
If it hadn’t been for Jayda Coleman’s leaping hold against the wall to strip off a potential two-run homer from Courtney Day, the Sooners would have faced a towering 4-0 deficit in the first frame.
Maybe no deficit is too daunting for Oklahoma’s mighty offense, but it was a Texas defensive error that got the champions in first. Alyssa Brito doubled then came back to score on Mia Scott’s pitch error, and Taylon Snow’s RBI single tied the game on the next at-bat.
Still, Estelle Czech came out of the game and kept the game squared with the help of a double play as the theme of impressive defensive highlights continued:
It was only a matter of time, however, before the Sooners’ bats started rolling, and that’s exactly what they did in the fifth inning.
Brito’s RBI double and a three-run outburst from Kinzie Hansen opened the game, and starter Jordy Bahl gave the game to the Oklahoma bullpen for the final three innings after allowing two runs and four hits in the first four frames.
With Hope Trautwein giving up a three-run homer to Scott after Nicole May threw 2.1 frames scoreless, relief pitchers didn’t exactly need to be turned off with the offense behind them.
Grace Lyons’ three-run homer highlighted a four-run sixth inning as the onslaught continued and Oklahoma clinched a title behind an unstoppable offense that is among the best in sports history.
The only way this season realistically ended was with Oklahoma as national champions, and the Big 12 representative deservedly put on another show in their final game.