Oklahoma hits WCWS record 6 HR in 16-1 rout of Texas

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Texas second baseman Janae Jefferson, right, falls to Oklahoma’s Alyssa Brito, left, after forcing her out at second base in the first inning of Game 1 of the Softball Championship Series NCAA Women’s College World Series on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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Jocelyn Alo and Tiare Jennings fueled Oklahoma’s record offensive burst to help the Sooners steer clear of a successful defense of their Women’s College World Series title.

Each hit two home runs and top-seeded Oklahoma set a World Series record with six home runs, beating unranked Texas 16-1 Wednesday night in Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series.

“It was like an avalanche,” Texas coach Mike White said. “Once it starts, it starts to escalate, and it’s harder to stop it.”

With former Oklahoma basketball star Trae Young and Sooners football coach Brent Venables in attendance, Oklahoma (58-3) also tied World Series records for runs and margin of victory.

A Championship Series record crowd of 12,234 saw the show.

“People want to watch us play,” Alo said. “They love watching us play. They like to see us dominate. I think that’s super cool. It will only get better from here.

Alo set a single-game World Series mark with five runs and has now set the single-series record for runs scored with 11. She went 3-for-3 and increased her batting average to a national leader. of 0.527.

Alo and Jennings each have five homers in the World Series, surpassing the record of four series set by several players, including Alo last year. Alo took his career Division I home run record to 122, and Jennings had five runs to set a series RBI record with 14.

They had a lot of help — Oklahoma had 16 hits.

“They’re really good,” Texas catcher Mary Iakopo said. “Hats off to their one to nine.”

Alo’s second home run was her 34th of the season, tying the Oklahoma school record she set last season. Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso said she now expects home runs when Alo comes to the plate.

“It’s ridiculous that I think that way,” she said. “But I see her in training every day. I see what she is capable of. It’s so hard to beat her. She is so strong.

The teams will meet in Game 2 on Thursday, with Oklahoma poised to win its sixth national title. Texas (47-21-1) needs a win to stay alive. The Longhorns have won six playoff games since the start of the NCAA Tournament.

“Remember the worst has already happened and play carefree, cowardly,” Iakopo said. “That’s all we can do.”

Oklahoma has no plans to play a third game.

“We are ready,” Alo said. “We’re going to have the momentum. It’s time to win another baseball game.

Oklahoma escaped a bit of a struggle in the first, giving up a run, but controlled the game from there. Hope Trautwein (22-1) allowed just two hits and a run in five innings, and Nicole May allowed just one hit in two innings.

Bella Dayton had two doubles for Texas.

Alo hit a home run no doubt in the left field seats in the half of Oklahoma’s opener, and Taylon Snow followed soon after with a three-run blast — just his fourth homer of the season – to make it 5-1 before the second. Texas used three pitchers in the inning and ace Hailey Dolcini (24-12) recorded just two outs before being called out.

Jana Johns hit a solo shot in the third to make it 7-1 and Jennings hit a three-point shot later in the inning to make it 10-1. Alo and Jennings homered back-to-back in the fifth to make it 14-1.

Luckily for Texas, none of those races will matter on Thursday.

“Nothing from today continues,” Dolcini said. “So you learn from it and try not to make the same mistakes again. Then we go out and play loose. I think we lost a bit of that today.

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