Top-seeded Oklahoma Sooners score 16 unanswered points in Game 1 win over Texas Longhorns at Women’s College World Series

Top-seeded Oklahoma Sooners score 16 unanswered points in Game 1 win over Texas Longhorns at Women’s College World Series

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Jocelyn Alo and Tiare Jennings took turns to score the most home runs and RBIs in history at a Women’s College World Series on Wednesday night as Oklahoma demolished Texas 16-1 in the game opening of the championship final.

In total, Oklahoma hit six homers in the win over their rival, surpassing UCLA’s previous WCWS record of four games in 2019, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

The top-seeded Sooners trailed 1-0 when starting pitcher Hope Trautwein scored in the top of the first inning, but the Longhorns’ lead didn’t last long.

After a first double by Jayda Coleman, Alo came up to the plate and hit a two-run homer over the left field fence, which set a record for most RBIs in a single WCWS with 12.

Four innings later, Alo bolstered her record by clubbing the ball over the center field fence – her fifth WCWS home run, which broke the record she set a year ago.

In the process, Alo became the only player in WCWS history with two home multiple matches. And she did it the same year, after hitting a pair of home runs against UCLA in the semifinals.

Already a career leader with 122 homers, Alo moved up to second all-time in career RBIs with 323. Former Arizona All-American Jenny Dalton-Hill is No. 1 with 328.

But it wasn’t just the Alo show for Oklahoma. Jennings, who bats behind Alo in the batting order, hit his fourth and fifth WCWS homers, giving him a share of the record.

With his fifth-inning solo homer, Jennings also tied Alo’s 13 RBI mark.

When asked if they considered themselves the greatest power duo of all time, they also replied simply, “Yeah, I think we are.”

“I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Tiare will always support me,” Alo said. “Even if I don’t have it that day, she’s going to bring it. I know she’ll always answer for me in a way.

“I think we feed off each other very well.”

Oklahoma’s 16 races were the most tied in a championship series since the format was adopted in 2005.

Its 15-point win over Texas was the biggest margin of victory in Red River rivalry history, which was contested for the 77th time on Wednesday night.

“They hit first, but we fought back and hit harder,” Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso said.

Gasso, who has already won five national championships, said she was not surprised by the lopsided victory.

“They’re not afraid of those settings,” she said. “They’re really enjoying all of this excitement and the big stage. I think they’re at their best when the lights are bright.”

Oklahoma’s new football coach Brent Venables, along with some team players, were on hand to watch the game.

“It’s just cool to see,” Alo said. “The sport continues to develop. Now the football players are coming. I think I’ve seen Trae Young in the stands too. People want to watch us play. They like to watch us play. They like to see us dominate.”

The Big 12 opponents will square off again Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET in Oklahoma City.

A win would give Oklahoma back-to-back national championships, while a loss would force a win-win game Friday night.

Central Texas outfielder Bella Dayton said the team will have to forget what happened and move on.

“We just have to remind everyone that we’ve had our backs against the wall every week we’ve played,” catcher Mary Iakopo said. “So it’s just another elimination game, so get out there, all in.”

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