Oklahoma Secures Historic Fourth Consecutive NCAA Softball Championship, Defeating Texas 8-4 In Two-Game Series

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Patty Gasso’s Oklahoma Sooners have once again achieved a remarkable feat.

They powered their way to a historic fourth consecutive NCAA softball title, seizing the lead with a crucial, bases-clearing double from Cydney Sanders and clinching an 8-4 victory over Texas on Thursday night to secure a two-game sweep of the Women’s College World Series championship.

This victory marks the Sooners’ eighth title overall, all under the guidance of Coach Gasso, tying them with Arizona for the second-most World Series championships, trailing only UCLA’s 12.

Key players such as Jayda Coleman, Tiare Jennings, Kinzie Hansen, Rylie Boone, and pitcher Nicole May have played pivotal roles in each of Oklahoma’s four championship victories.

Throughout the journey, the Sooners faced immense pressure.

Kelly Maxwell, a transfer from Oklahoma State, emerged as the Most Outstanding Player. Despite facing criticism for switching to Oklahoma’s biggest rival, Maxwell’s stellar performance, going 3-0 with a save at the World Series, validated her decision.

The second-seeded Oklahoma team (59-7) displayed dominance, scoring a total of eight runs in both games against top-seeded Texas and accumulating 21 hits against a Longhorns squad that had previously thrown three consecutive one-hit shutouts in the World Series.

Kasidi Pickering’s two-run homer in the second inning and Ella Parker’s two-run single in the sixth inning extended Oklahoma’s lead. Coach Gasso utilized five pitchers, with Maxwell securing the final four outs for the save after her complete-game victory in Game 1.

Karlie Keeney, Paytn Monticelli, Kierston Deal, May, and Maxwell all contributed on the pitching front for Oklahoma. Meanwhile, Texas’ Mac Morgan, who previously threw a one-hitter against Florida in the World Series, started Game 2 but struggled against Oklahoma’s offense.

Despite Texas’ efforts, including freshman Kayden Henry’s two hits and RBI, a baserunning error by Mia Scott halted their momentum in the sixth inning, ultimately costing them a chance to tie or take the lead.

“It was huge,” Maxwell said. “I mean, they definitely had the momentum in that moment. … I saw Mia Scott kind of come off the bag. I was just telling Avery, ‘Turn around, turn around, let’s get her, c’mon.’ She finally heard me. We got it done.”

Looking ahead, Texas Coach White sees potential for growth within his young team, anticipating their return to the World Series.

Both Oklahoma and Texas are set to depart from the Big 12 Conference for the Southeastern Conference in the upcoming season.

“As I told the team, I want to be on the other side of the podium here one of the these days making that last speech more enjoyable than it is right now,” he said.