After losing to UCLA 7-3 in their first game on Monday, Oklahoma regrouped and put the loss behind them before responding with their most dominant victory of the season.
When the game was called in the fifth inning, Oklahoma was up 15-0 against a Bruins team that went 51-10 on the year; that is true dominance.
The win puts Oklahoma in the Championship series, where they will face the winner of Oklahoma State and Texas, who are set to face off tonight at 6:00 p.m.
Here are three thoughts Oklahoma’s statement win and what it means for the Sooners moving forward.
Jocelyn Alo is Just Ridiculous
After the Sooners dropped Game 1 to UCLA, it was unclear what the team would look like with all the pressure now sitting squarely on the Sooners’ bats. UCLA hit three long balls against Nicole May and Jordy Bahl and put seven runs on the board in Game 1. Oklahoma turned to their biggest bat in Game 2, and as it has so many times in the past, it paid off
Jocelyn Alo may have had the biggest game of her career behind a performance that saw her go 4-4 with 7 RBIs, matching a WCWS record, and two home runs, one of which was a Grand Slam. It’s already been said so many times before, but Alo is absolutely ridiculous and is must-see TV. Tune in, she only has a maximum of three games left in her illustrious career, and it will be against one of the Sooners’ bitter Big 12 rivals.
Hope Trautwein Stabilizes the Sooners’ Defense
Nicole May and Jordy Bahl combined to allow seven earned runs against UCLA on six hits and five walks. In Game 2, Hope Trautwein appeared to be completely confident in being Oklahoma’s ace, and she dominated the Bruins’ lineup in a clutch performance.
Trautwein tossed 5.0 innings in Game 2, allowing just two hits while striking out six batters and shutting out a red-hot Bruins offense. With the reemergence of Jordy Bahl, it was a question if the Sooners’ No. 1 arm had returned, and that question was answered. However, the answer is not what most expected. The Sooners’ ace is Hope Trautwein, and she has grown into that over the last month, just like Giselle Juarez did last season. Sooner fans can rest easy if Bahl can’t go anymore this season because Trautwein has proven that she is capable of being this team’s anchor in the circle.
If There is One Thing Oklahoma Does, It is Respond
Oklahoma has lost just three games this season, and as 247Sports’ Joey Helmer pointed out the Sooners are 3-0 and outscored opponents 39-0 in those contests. OU had its back against the wall this afternoon, and it came out and showed the world what they are capable of.
Just minutes into the game, Oklahoma was up 3-0 after Tiare Jennings’ third home run of the WCWS this week. UCLA held the Sooners to .160 (4-25) in the first game, but Oklahoma turned it around in the rubber game, going .464 (13-28) in the second game. OU actually went .733 (11-15) with runners on, and a perfect 1.000 (3-3) with the bases loaded. The offensive firepower was on full display today for the Sooners, and when that happens , they are impossible to keep up with.