It was never a matter of if, but when Jocelyn Alo would break the NCAA record for career home runs in 2022, and it finally happened tonight in her home state of Hawaii, and against the Rainbow Warriors no less.
In the top of the sixth, Alo ripped her 96th-career long ball over the centerfield wall, giving the Sooners a 9-0 lead over Hawaii. As Alo rounded the bases, Oklahoma fans in attendance (including her family and friends) roared with excitement as her teammates waited to welcome her to home plate. History.
After two weeks of being intentionally walked, Alo has officially surpassed former Sooner slugger Lauren Chamberlain for the top spot on the career home run list and will now have the remainder of the 2022 season to build on that record.
The star designated player for the Sooners now has eight home runs on the season and will undoubtedly be one of the leaders for the USA Softball Player of the Year, an award she won in 2021 after a 34 home run and 89 RBI season. She was also named the 2021 Big 12 Player of the Year, NFCA First-Team All-American, and WCWS All-Tournament Team among many other awards in previous years.
Alo and the Sooners are now 19-0 and appear to be headed towards another appearance in the Women’s College World Series.