For the first time in the postseason Oklahoma finds itself on the brink of elimination. The Sooners fell to James Madison by a final score of 4-3 on Thursday and must now find a way to advance through the loser’s bracket in order to make it to the finals.
JMU took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third when Sara Jubas went deep for a three-run blast.
T3 | 𝗜𝗖𝗘 𝗜𝗡 𝗛𝗘𝗥 𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗦 🥶— JMU Softball (@JMUSoftball) June 3, 2021
Jubas smacks the ball over the center-field fence! Dukes take a 3-0 lead over Oklahoma
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Oklahoma battled back to in the bottom half of the frame thanks to a three-run bomb from Freshman of the Year Tiare Jennings. That would be it for Oklahoma’s scoring on the day as solid defensive play and stellar pitching from JMU’s Odicci Alexander kept the Sooners at bay in a game that was destined for extras.
💥 𝐓𝐈𝐄 𝐔𝐒 𝐔𝐏 𝐓𝐈𝐀 💥@_tiarejennings launches the first pitch she sees for her 2️⃣6️⃣th homer of the year!— Oklahoma Softball (@OU_Softball) June 3, 2021
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The decisive and final run came in the top of the top of the 8th when Kate Gordon went deep with a solo shot that put the Dukes up by the final of 4-3.
T8 | 𝗞𝗚 𝗛𝗢𝗠𝗘 𝗥𝗨𝗡 💣— JMU Softball (@JMUSoftball) June 3, 2021
CAA HR Record ✅
Give JMU the lead ✅
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Oklahoma will now wait to see how the loser’s bracket shakes out before taking the field again on Saturday.
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