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Sooners punch their ticket to the WCWS championship

Sooners punch their ticket to the WCWS championship

After suffering a 1-0 extra-inning walk-off loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in their first game on Sunday, Oklahoma bounced back in a big way in the elimination game, hitting three home runs in a 7-3 victory to punch their ticket to the WCWS finals. 

After Alabama freshman Montana Fouts held them scoreless in the first game, Oklahoma scored their highest total of the WCWS this year in the second game to advance. 

Both the Sooners and Tide finished with 5 hits in their second match of the day, but the Sooners made more out of their opportunities by hitting three home runs, two of which were two-run shots. 

Jocelyn Alo started off the Sooners slugfest with a two-run bomb in the bottom of the fifth to score Grace Lyons and extend the Sooner lead to 4-1. Alabama answered the very next inning with a two-run shot of their own to bring them back within 1. In the bottom of the sixth, Nicole Mendes hit the Sooners second two-run shot of the night to score pinch-runner Raegan Rogers and put them up 6-3. Later that inning, Grace Lyons hit a solo shot to cap off their terrific offensive night. 

Sooners ace Giselle Juarez started the game out in the circle, but was quickly replaced an inning later with Mariah Lopez, who pitched the largest chunk of the game for OU, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs in 4.1 innings. Shannon Saile started in the seventh inning, and after allowing two baserunners on, closed out the game with a strikeout to send Oklahoma to the finals. 

Oklahoma will be looking to win their third national championship in four years, with only No. 2 UCLA left standing in their way. It will be the first time since 2005 that the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded teams will face each other in the championship series.

The Bruins have remained perfect so far this year in the WCWS, defeating Washington with a three-run walk-off homer in extra innings to earn their spot in the title game. 

Oklahoma and UCLA will begin the best-of-three championship series on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

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