The Oklahoma Sooners have done it again. For the second straight year and third time in the last five, the Oklahoma Sooners are national champions!!! OU defeated top-seed Florida 5-4 Tuesday evening for a WCWS Championship Series sweep to claim the title.
Once again, it was a heavyweight fight. Oklahoma offered the first blow with Nicole Mendes’ leadoff home run in the bottom of the first, her second in the Championship Series. But just like a night ago, Florida countered as Alexis Reynoso belted a solo blast to left field to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the second.
The Gators tacked on two more runs in the second as Aleshia Ocasio’s single to right plated Justine McLean. Florida added its third run of the frame as OU reliever Mariah Lopez hit Kayle Kvistad with the bases loaded. scoring Amand Lorenz.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the second, Caleigh Clifton walked to trim Florida’s lead down to 3-2, and Shay Knighten cleared the bases with a double to the right-center gap to make the score 5-3. That lead would stand as the Sooners have their 4th National Championship.
Knighten was named the Most Outstanding Player of the series. Knighten was the hero offensively Monday night, breaking a 4-4 tie in the top of the 17th inning with a towering three-run home run to left field. It was her 11th of the season and third WCWS home run of her young career.
Lopez (18-1), a freshman who made her first WCWS appearance, got the win in the circle for the Sooners, giving up one run on one hit and striking out two in 2.1 innings pitched. Junior Paige Lowary earned her 11th save of the season, coming in for relief for the final two innings.