Tickets Punched! Sooners Are Moving To The Championship Series

Kudos to UCLA for making it an interesting day but in the end the Bruins were only delaying the inevitable. After dropping Monday’s first game, by a final of 7-3, Oklahoma unloaded on UCLA in the second game to punch a ticket to the championship series.

Jocely Alo absolutely wrecked UCLA pitchers on her way to a 4-for-4 performance from the plate that included two home runs and a Women’s College World Series record tying 7 RBI. However, the most impressive thing Alo did on the afternoon was calling her shot in as much as the Sooners would only need five innings to finish off UCLA in the second game.

The Sooners exploded out of the gate thanks to a three-run blast from Tiare Jennings in the top of the first. After Jayda Coleman drew a walk to lead-off, Alo hit a double to give OU two runners in scoring position and then Jennings brought everyone in with a shot over the fence in left center field.

Alo doubled the lead in the top of the second when she launched her first home run of the afternoon deep to left field on a shot that nearly left the park. Not the field, the ball nearly exited the stadium. Bringing in Taylon Snow and Rylie Boone with her, Alo put UCLA in a 6-0 deficit in the second inning. This is the point where Alo called the game in five innings.

After Alo’s single to left center allowed Coleman to score in the top of the fourth, Oklahoma was just a run away from the mercy rule. Entering the fifth inning the Sooners led 7-0 and ended up pounding the Bruins into submission with an 8-run inning that put the score at 15-0. The Sooners sent eleven batters to the plate in the fifth, six of the reached by hit, one reached on a hit by pitch, and one drew a walk. Regardless of how they got on base, all eight of them crossed home plate with four of them doing so on Alo’s second home run. With the bases loaded, Alo sent a 2-1 pitch out as a final exclamation point on the end of the UCLA season.

Lost in Oklahoma’s offensive barrage is just how dominant Hope Trautwein was from the circle. Pitching all five innings, Trautwein allowed just two hits, allowed no runs, and struck out six Bruin batters.

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