The Women’s College World Series’ championship series is now tied but consider this: OU has avenged every other loss this year to Georgia, Oklahoma State and James Madison with two wins.
Doing that again today will clinch the program another national championship.
Sooner hitters were seeing and hitting the ball well at the plate but a call made on Nicole Mendes changed the game.
“Certainly, for peace of mind and for good of the game, we want things to be right,” OU head coach Patty Gasso said.
The Sooners took their time but a record-breaking home run from Jocelyn Alo helped OU take control with a 5-2 lead in the sixth inning.
“My hitters game us a chance to win the game,” OU pitcher Giselle Juarez said.
Juarez dominated Thursday, but it is not clear if she will start again for the series finale.
“Everyone is feeling fatigued. It has been a long tournament,” Juarez said. “But I am ready to go, and I am pumped and I think adrenaline is going to take over.”
“I’m not telling you if she is going to start or not because I do not know anything yet,” Gasso said. “Everything is on the table.”
Analysts suggested the Sooners just need their offense to get rolling, as they did towards the end of Game 2.
Meanwhile, the Florida State Seminoles will scramble for answers in their bullpen.
First pitch is set for 2 p.m.