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WCWS: #10 Sooners set to defend title against #1 Florida

WCWS: #10 Sooners set to defend title against #1 Florida

Patty Gasso said she felt her squad was disrespected with a #10 national seed given their frame of work.

17-1 in conference, regular and postseason champions. Had won 28 of their last 29 games.

“We still feel, quite honestly, a little bit, disrespected by our seeding,” Gasso said.

Their team had every opportunity to prove their worth and have by making their way into the national championship series against the #1 Florida Gators.

In the national semifinal Oregon struck first with a two run home run that found Oklahoma in unfamiliar territory for much of the year. The Ducks led 2-0.

But the team made up primarily of sohpomores responded with 4 runs the next innning in what would be the final score.

It started in the top of the 5th. Oklahoma had Oregon down to one out before Lilley singled to right. Mercado homered to right to give the Ducks a lead over the defending champs.

In the bottom of the frame Lea Wodach reached second via error, Rogers would pinch run.

Kelsey Arnold would single to right to put runners on the corners. She would steal second shortly after to put two Sooners in scoring position.

Nicole Mendes would reach first on a fielder’s choice to short, allowing Rogers to split the lead to 2-1.

Caleigh Clifton would advance her teammates on a sac bunt before Shay Knighten singled deep to right field allowing them to score. Sooners led 3-2.

Wasting no time, Knighten would steal second with Fale Aviu at the plate. Her single to right would seal the deal 4-2.

Paige Lowary came in a bit earlier than usual in the 6th but was strong in relief with 0 hits against 6 batters faced to advance her team to the national final.

Gasso said after the game, “Proud of this group. That was a tough game. When we look at Oregon on video, we look at their numbers. We’re very, very similar. So at times it felt like we were playing ourselves.”

The Sooners look to defend their title for the first time in their history and win their fourth overall.

Florida looks to be the second team to win 3 titles in 4 years, the other being UCLA. It would also put Florida in elite company with Oklahoma, UCLA, and Arizona as programs with 3 titles.

The last four national champions have been the Gators and Sooners.

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