It took extra innings on Monday against Stanford but Oklahoma Softball sent the Cardinal packing and secured a spot in the Women’s College World Series. Now, the Sooners have a chance to win a third straight title as they take on the Florida State Seminoles in the championship.
The Sooners dominated opposing squads en route to the championship series in Oklahoma City, losing just one contest over the course of the season. That loss came back in February against Baylor. Since that point? The Sooners rattled off 51 straight victories – an NCAA D1 record. Oklahoma Softball has another chance to make history with only Florida State Standing in their way. A third straight title would make the Sooners just the second team in NCAA Softball history to achieve the feat joining the UCLA squad from 1988-1990.
Tiare Jennings played the hero in Monday’s extra-innings thriller against Stanford. The junior’s clutch two-run double gave Oklahoma the lead. Pitcher Jordy Bahl then stepped into the pitcher’s circle to retire the side.
Florida State Softball
For Florida State, the championship series represents not only a chance to play spoiler – but also to get revenge. Oklahoma’s recent run kicked off in 2021 with a WCWS Championship Victory over the Seminoles. Florida State has put together an impressive run of its own, amassing a 58-9 record and an ACC Championship en route to the 2023 championship series.
Florida State’s semi-final didn’t require the same heroics as Oklahoma’s. The Seminoles defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 5-1 in the standard seven innings clinching their championship spot.
Will the Sooners make history or can the Seminoles ruin OU’s dynasty?
Oklahoma and Florida State will take to the diamond starting June 7th to determine the 2023 NCAA Softball Champion. With history at stake, this championship series is sure to be special.