2023 WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Oklahoma ladies take lead in Women’s College World Series in thrilling Game 1 win
Just one year after dominating the WCWS, Oklahoma have stated their intentions to three-peat with a thrilling Game 1 win over Florida State.
Just one year after the Oklahoma ladies put on one of the most dominant performances ever seen in the Women’s College World Series, they have made their entrance with a bang, announcing to one and all their full intention of three-peating as national champions.
Jordy Bahl dominated on the mound for the Sooners, pitching a complete game, two-hit shutout, striking out ten Seminoles on the way to a 5-0 win in Game 1. They now stand just one win away from completing one of the greatest seasons in NCAA history.
With this win, the Sooners have extended an already-NCAA record win streak to 52 consecutive games. The last game that they lost was way back in February, when they fell 4-3 on the road to Baylor. Their record this season is now 56-1 and they will certainly go down in history as one of the strongest college softball teams ever fielded.
Should Oklahoma three-peat, they will join UCLA as the only school to have ever accomplished the feat in WCWS history.
Florida State were matching Oklahoma punch for punch until the fourth inning, when a pitch hit Oklahoma’s Haley Lee, causing the Seminoles to pull Mack Leonard off the mound. Leonard had held the Sooners in check but Danielle Watson gave up a Kinzie Hansen double and Alyssa Brito single to open the scoring.
The Sooners tacked on two more but the Seminoles managed to avoid getting run-ruled when left fielder Kaley Mudge made a spectacular play at the wall to rob a three-run homer from Haley Lee.
Florida State will need to tighten a few screws if they want to pull this one back in Game 2, but from the stands it looks like Oklahoma is a juggernaut, and an unstoppable one at that.