OKLAHOMA 5, FLORIDA 4
Oklahoma City, OK- The Oklahoma Sooners are National Champions after defeating Florida 5-4 in game two of the Championship Series at the Women’s College World Series.
Oklahoma took a lead in the first inning when Nicole Mendes hammered the fourth pitch that Florida starting pitcher Aleshia Ocasio threw over the left field fence. Florida would turn the momentum in their favor when Sophia Reynoso hit a lead of home run in the top of the second. The momentum would be short lived though. The Gators loaded the bases but scored only one run when Kayli Kvistad was hit by a pitch. Janelle Wheaton fouled out to end the threat with the bases loaded.
Oklahoma would take advantage of Florida not capitalizing. In the bottom of the second inning Oklahoma scored four runs to make it 5-3. Aleshia Ocasio struggled in the inning. Sydney Romero grounded out to start the inning, but each of the next three Sooners hitters reached base. Ocasio was swapped for Delanie Gourley with the bases loaded. Gourley walked Caleigh Clifton, then gave up a three-run double to Monday nights hero, Shay Knighten. Ocasio’s stat line was an unimpressive 1.1 innings pitched, four runs, four hits, and a walk.
Florida got a run in the third inning when Chelsea Herndon hit a two-out homer to centerfield to celebrate her birthday. The Gators would go down in order in the fourth and fifth before Jordan Roberts pinch hit a single through the left side of the infield. After Roberts’ hit, Sooners pitcher Paige Lowary retired the final six Florida hitters in order.
Florida finished a successful season which saw a trip to the Women’s College World Series and the Championship Series and a 58-10 final record. Florida will have a strong team coming back next year, as only three seniors will not be on this team. Gourley, Herndon, and starting CF Justine McLean have completed their career with Florida.
WP: Mariah Lopez (18-1)
LP: Ocasio (8-2)
- Reynoso (UF) 1-3, HR, RBI
- Herndon (UF) 1-3, HR, RBI