Oklahoma City — “We̵7;re Better,” Oklahoma Softball Coach Patty Gasso said in an on-field television interview during the fourth inning of Game Two in the WCWS Championship Series on Wednesday night.
Two chances later, the stumbled Sooners proved her right.
Jocelyn Alo’s Two home runs that ran right into the center of the top six gave top OU (55-4) their first lead in two games against 10th-ranked Florida State (49-12-1). The Sooners will add three rounds of insurance to post a 6-2 victory and force an all-winning championship today at 2pm at the USA Softball Hall of Fame.
OU is looking for a fifth national title since 2000.
“Momentum is definitely on our side,” Gasso later said. “This team feels really good. So excited about how they won. Even in the late game It was a victory that kept us in the championship game to win it all. And that’s a big deal for this group. They fought hard. It will be difficult all season to come here, so tomorrow should be an exciting day.”
Throughout five innings It looks like the Sooners’ record-breaking season will end with a bang despite That overshadowed the all-time Division 1 statistics in team average batting. sluggish percentage Scoring and Home Runs
That all changed with a one-shot swing from Alo, who boosted the school’s one-season record with her 33rd homer. “I knew I felt good the whole game,” Alo said, “so it was a story. of being calm and trying hard and i saw it And I slapped it.”
Instead of the usual jog, jog, Alo sprints around the base. “I think the last time I circled the base, which was probably my first year, was fast. It’s my first home run,” Alo said with a smile.
That same kick pushed OU to overtake Hawaii’s previous single-season record of 158 kits in 2010, while also giving the Sooners a single-season record for all runs.
With so much attention focused on OU’s fight at the plate, losing in the mix was another solid result, senior left-hander Sooners. Giselle Juarez (22-1) who excels in all four of her WCWS outings. Juarez scored four shots. Hits six and walks three balls far. Her only hiccup caused Homer to run 2 times at the bottom of the second.
“I’m very excited,” Juarez said of the needed support. “My fighter gave us a chance to win that game. i just have to do my job and that’s what i do I’m excited because now we’re there. (for the championship) … I adapted (after letting the home run). I think my good guys come to me and they’re like, ‘We have you, we have your back.’ I think for me it’s all. about keeping them in that game. They have my back They will always have my back.”
after hiding in the shadows at the end of the season Juarez has undeniably returned to the role of the Ace staff.
“You’re looking very free. Giselle JuarezThat’s what we saw in 2019,” Gasso said, “but it’s a different G. Now there is a commitment very resolute unfazed It was really exciting to see that.”
OU had a problem early on in all WCWS games, scoring just 10 runs in the first three innings, then adding 34 runs in the last four innings.
After the Sooners’ 12 innings hit the ball directly at the FSU defender, the OU attack began to find a hole in the last two innings.
The Sooners finished with 11 hits. They had eight shots in the last two innings and could have added points if they weren’t stuck with five runners on base. All players in the OU group now have a score of at least .300.
Alo went 3-on-3 and scored two rounds, first baseman. Kinzie Hansen and left hand Mackenzie Donihoo Each goes 2 for 4, third baseman Third. Jana Johns Place an OU on the scoreboard with a towering solo shot on the left boundary line in the third inning.
“It’s about passing the torch,” Alo said, “one hitter, another hitter, another hitter, so make the ball roll like that.”
Gasso said, “It’s for sure. Jocelyn Alo This kind of energy was created and everyone started to step up behind her. We feel that momentum is coming. We were almost dead silent there for a while. Jana Johns Her solo home run is ground after ground. Everyone was a little shocked. We try to gather and talk about things and make adjustments. Things don’t work very well and that’s a credit to the Florida State pitching staff.”
The defensive also plays an important role. After making three season-highest errors in game one, the Sooners were error-free Wednesday.
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