Oklahoma softball: Not just the eyes of Texas upon historic beatdown

Oklahoma's Jocelyn Alo (78) celebrates with coach Patty Gasso after hitting a home run in the fifth inning of a championship series softball game in the Women's College World Series between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Texas Longhorns at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Oklahoma won 16-1.Wcws
Oklahoma's Jocelyn Alo (78) celebrates with coach Patty Gasso after hitting a home run in the fifth inning of a championship series softball game in the Women's College World Series between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Texas Longhorns at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Oklahoma won 16-1.Wcws /
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The Oklahoma softball team put on a historic performance in front of a sold-out Hall of Fame Stadium on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

There were quite a few Texas fans mixed into the seating in a stadium that was obviously filled with mostly Oklahoma fans who came to watch the home-state team in the championship series of the Women’s College World Series.

Hope Trautwein got the start in the circle for the top-seeded Sooners, and it began shakily as she was missing her spots in the first inning. After giving up a double, Trautwein walked three straight batters, bringing in a run for Texas. The fans from Austin were loud, proud, and letting the world know.

In the home half of that same inning, however, Oklahoma quickly erased the one-run deficit with home runs by Jocelyn Alo and Taylon Snow to go up 5-1. The Texas fans were silenced after that first-inning power display, and all eyes were upon the Super Sooners and their incredible domination.

Oklahoma set multiple NCAA records in the game. Alo and Tiare Jennings, who immediately follows Alo in the lineup, both broke the WCWS RBI record. The Sooners hit six home runs, the most ever in a championship series game., and tied the record for the most runs scored with 16.

The Sooners blackened the eyes of Texas to the tune of 16-1. Celebrities like Oklahoma head coach Brent Venables, QB Dillon Gabriel, former Sooner, and current Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young were all in attendance. The eyes of the world were present and in marvel at this Oklahoma softball team.

The Oklahoma softball team was so dominant they got the attention of law enforcement in Oklahoma City:

Oklahoma trailed 0-1 for only what seemed like five minutes. Jayda Coleman started the game off with a double. Alo got to the plate and got the home run party going, sending a two-run blast in into the bleachers.

Afterward, multiple Sooners got on base, and Snow, the Sooner first baseman, rocketed a three-run blast.

Oklahoma was so dominant in the inning that Coleman, who led off with a double was the 10th and final batter of the frame. It was 5-1 Sooners but they were just getting started.

Trautwein sat the Longhorns down in order in the second inning OU added a run and extended their lead to 6-1. In the 3rd inning, Oklahoma held Texas scoreless again but the Sooners were not done terrorizing the Longhorns.

Jana Johns hit a home run, and later in the inning, after Jocelyn Alo was hit by a pitch, Tiare Jennings hit a three-run jack to put Oklahoma in front 10-1. Oklahoma was well on their way to another run-rule victory and already had 40 on the season. In the WCWS championship series, however, the run rule is not in effect, so Texas could only endure a historic beating without reprieve.


The legendary Oklahoma line-up did not let up. After plating two more runs in the fourth inning thanks to RBIs contributed by Johns and Grace Green. The Sooners came up to bat in the fifth inning still smelling blood like sharks in the water.

Alo led the inning off and hit her second home run of the game, then Jennings came to the plate and did the exact same thing, sluggong her second on the day. At that point, It was 14-1 Oklahoma without an out recorded.

Head coach Patty Gasso tried her best to take the air out of the ball, pinch-hitting for several key players with freshmen, but nothing, not even Five-Natty-Patty, could stop the onslaught as the Sooners still managed to score two more runs in the sixth. However \

Don’t think, though, that it was all offense for the Sooners or even their super-slugger Tiare Jennings, who had this web gem

The Sooners are coming for it all, and Jocelyn Alo and Tiare Jennings let ESPN reporter Holly Rowe know that in a postgame interview.  Oklahoma and Texas will get after it again on Thursday night in Hall of Fame stadium. This time it will be at 6:30 CT.

Should the Sooners prove victorious Thursday evening they will win their sixth National Championship and second in a row. If Texas is able to stave off elimination — something the Longhorns have done six consecutive times this postseason — then a winner-take-all Game 3 will be on tap for Friday evening.