Oklahoma punched its ticket to the Women’s College World Series on Saturday afternoon as the Sooners downed the UCF Knights 7-1 in Game 2 of the Norman Super Regional.
The Sooners will now head to Oklahoma City for the sixth-straight season, and the ninth time in the last 10 seasons.
OU will face the winner of the Tempe Super Regional, Arizona State or Northwestern, in the opening round of the WCWS next week.
Here are three thoughts on the Sooners’ victory over the Knights.
Have A Game Grace Lyons
Oklahoma All-American shortstop Grace Lyons stepped up again in a big moment for the Sooners, making game altering plays both offensively and defensively. Lyons has always made big plays for the Sooners in the infield, and that trend continued today as she routinely made plays to record outs all over the infield. However, Lyons’ presence at the plate was felt today too, as She homered in back-to-back at-bats in the third and fourth innings. On the day, Lyons went 3-50, scoring two runs and four total RBIs.
Nicole May Confirms that Oklahoma Can Win Without Bahl
Coming into the Norman Super Regional, it was widely speculated that the Sooners’ might not look the same without having Jordy Bahl available in the circle. Well, yesterday Hope Trautwein threw a five-inning no-hitter in an 8-0 win over UCF. Then, on Saturday, Nicole May got her chance to shine in the circle, and she did just that. In seven innings of work May recorded four strikeouts while allowing just three hits, two walks, and one earned run. The Sooners pitching staff is doing just fine, as is their offense, making it a scary thought that Jordy Bahl is hopeful to return at some point in the WCWS.
Jocelyn Alo’s Final Game at Marita Hynes Field
There are some stories that just write themselves, like when Jocelyn Alo broke the NCAA home run record while back in her home state of Hawaii. Well, the storybook senior year for Alo continued on Saturday as she stepped into the batter’s box in Norman during her last game at Marita Hynes field. On a full count pitch, the Sooner slugger took a rip at a ball that was left up in the zone, and just like the previous 116 times she’s done it in her career, the Oklahoma crowd went bananas for another bomb from the “Homerun Queen.” It was a full circle moment for Alo, who has dominated throughout her career with the Sooners.