LIVE UPDATES: Seminoles 1 - Oklahoma 5 (FINAL)
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (WCTV) - For just the sixth time since moving to a best-of-three format, the Women’s College World Series Championship Series has moved to a third and decisive game.
One of Florida State or Oklahoma will be crowned the 2021 national champions after today.
A Florida State victory would mean the program’s second-ever WCWS title and first since 2018. An FSU win would also make OU the runners up for a second-straight tournament and would tie the mark for the lowest-ever seed to win the WCWS (Oklahoma, 2017).
If the Sooners pick up the victory, they’ll become the fourth team to have ever won the WCWS championship series despite dropping the first game, joining the 2005 Michigan Wolverines, the 2007 Arizona Wildcats and the 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide.
Oklahoma would also pick up their fifth ever World Series title and their third since 2016.
The Sooners’ bats came alive in a big way in the sixth inning of Game 2, when a two-run home run from USA Softball’s Player of the Year Jocelyn Alo hit a two-run home run to give OU their first lead of the championship series at 3-2.
OU added two more runs in the inning and another in the top of the seventh to force today’s Game 3.
So, here we’ve come, at the end of the road: FSU’s eight-game win streak in elimination games will be pushed to the brink as the Sooners look to keep their bats hot while the Noles want to write the happily ever after to their storybook WCWS run.
This last week has been a lot of fun, even with the hours long rain delays and midnight madness wins, and we have just seven more minutes to revel in how wild a ride we’ve all been on.
For the final time this season, below will be a running a live blog of tonight’s game. We’ll have score updates, analysis, stray observations and thoughts. For up-to-the-minute updates and analysis, be sure you’re following myself and WCTV Sports on Twitter.
First pitch is set for 3 p.m. on ESPN.
FINAL: OKLAHOMA 5 - FLORIDA STATE 1
The Oklahoma Sooners are your 2021 national champions.
FSU attempted to rally in the top of the seventh, as Anna Shelnutt worked a two-out walk and Devyn Flaherty battled agianst Juarez for seven pitches but, ultimately, popped up to Juarez to end the game and the series.
Just put the finishing touches on the recap of this one. Thank you, so so so very much, for spending as much time as you did throughout the week and thank you to Lonni Alameda and this FSU softball team for being so bloody fun to watch over the last seven days.
What I’ll do tomorrow without a game, I’m not quite sure yet.
End of 6, 5-1 Oklahoma
An incredibly quick inning for Sandercock sends this game to the seventh.
Three outs remain for the Seminoles, who are down four runs. Davis, Morgan, Shelnutt are due.
Middle 6, 5-1 Oklahoma
10 straight Seminole hitters have been retired by Juarez.
Sandercock returns to the circle, trying to keep this a four-run game.
End of 5, 5-1 Oklahoma
Sandercock allows her first base runner of the game after a leadoff single from Jocelyn Alo but faces the minimum after Alo is erased on a double play.
To the sixth we go and the top of the Seminole order due.
Middle 5, 5-1 Oklahoma
1-2-3 go the Seminoles in the top of the fifth.
We are officially in “running out of outs” territory in this one.
End of 4, 5-1 Oklahoma
For the first time tonight, the Sooners have been kept off the scoreboard.
Also for the first time today, the Sooners go down in order as Sandercock has retired each of the first four hitters she faced.
Middle 4, 5-1 Oklahoma
1-2-3 go the Seminoles in the top of the fourth, including book-end strikeouts against Davis and Shelnutt.
Bottom 3, 5-1 Oklahoma
The Sooners get the run back they allowed in the top half of the inning, and then some.
Emma Wilson came in for Danielle Watson after she was lifted following a lead-off single by Tiare Jennings but issued a pair of walks to load the bases with two outs.
A wild pitch to Jayda Coleman scored Jennings, making it 3-1, and then a two-run double from Coleman scored the two walks - Kinzie Hansen and Mackinzie Donihoo - to make it a 5-1 game.
Wilson has now been lifted and Kathryn Sandercock is in the game.
Middle 3, 2-1 Oklahoma
Can’t say I’ve ever seen an infield double before, but I can now.
Sydney Sherrill skies what would have been an otherwise routine pop-out to the right side of the infield, but OU second basewoman Tiare Jennings loses it in the sun and it falls with Sherrill cruising into second and Kalei Harding, who led the inning off with the first walk of the game from Juarez, comes in to score.
Noles get a run back, it’s 2-1.
Bottom 2, 2-0 Oklahoma
The Sooners have two hits, both of which have left the yard.
Jayda Coleman adds to the lead with a solo home run to left field, the 15th of this WCWS alone, and it’s 2-0.
Both home runs have come with one out.
Middle 2, 1-0 Oklahoma
The Noles go in order, 1-2-3, in the top of the second.
Of the six outs G Juarez has recorded, four have been flyouts and two have been strikeouts. And everything, except for Mudge’s first-inning double and Flaherty’s lineout to end the second, have been rather weakly hit.
End of 1, 1-0 Oklahoma
Watson responds to the Alo home run by striking out Kinzie Hansen and Nicole Mendes to end the frame.
After six outs, it’s 1-0, OU.
Bottom 1, 1-0 Oklahoma
Jocelyn Alo has not cooled off from last night as she opens the scoring today with a solo shot to left field.
Middle 1, 0-0
Kaley Mudge has made WCWS history, logging her 14th hit of the series, a new record, with a leadoff double.
Unfortunately, a couple of weakly hit fly balls and a strikeout end the first without advancing her from second.
We’ll see how Watson looks for the first time tonight.
After her dazzling start in Game 1, Lonni is going back to Danielle Watson in the circle to start Game 3 for the Seminoles.
OU is going back to G Juarez, who was lights-out after surrendering a first-inning home run against Elizabeth Mason.
As for the line up itself for FSU, a small tinker: Kalei Harding and Devyn Flaherty flip-flop spots in the order, with Flaherty now hitting seventh and Harding hitting eighth.
No changes 1-9 for OU.
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