Sooners force deciding WCWS game
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jocelyn Alo knew her hit was gone as soon as she made contact.
Oklahoma’s slugger blasted a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning, and the Sooners beat Florida State 6-2 on Wednesday night to force a decisive Game 3 for the Women’s College World Series title.
It was Alo’s 33rd home run of the season. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year added to her school record. But this one was different.
“I did know it was out,” Alo said. “And I think the last time I circled the bases that quickly was probably my freshman year, my first-ever home run.”
The final game will be played Thursday afternoon.
Oklahoma (55-4) is seeking its fifth national championship. Florida State (49-12-1) is trying for its second title in four years.
Alo sent Kathryn Sandercock’s 2-0 pitch over the right-center field fence, giving the Sooners a 3-2 lead. Her blast fired up the crowd of 12,115 mostly Sooners fans at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, which is about 25 miles from Oklahoma’s campus.
The homer gave the Sooners the Division I single-season record for home runs with 159, breaking the mark Hawaii set in 2010.