ESPN.com Feature on the Five "Core" Oklahoma Seniors
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Jayda Coleman, Tiare Jennings, Kinzie Hansen, Rylie Boone , and Nicole May. ESPN.com refers to them as Oklahoma's "core" seniors in a nice retrospective profile the day after the Sooners won their fourth Women's College World Series in a row and eighth in program history.* These five were not the only seniors on the team, but are distinguished by playing their entire college careers with OU. Other key seniors, such as Kelly Maxwell and Alyssa Brito, were transfers from other schools. The hitters among the core five -- Coleman, Jennings, Hansen, and Boone -- all put up gaudy offensive ..read more
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2024 WCWS -- Finals Game 2
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We likely are three outs away from the end of the college softball season, with Texas batting in the top of the seventh, trailing Oklahoma 8-4... Pop to shallow left for first out... K for second out... Ground-out to third gives Sooners their fourth straight WCWS national title... Whereas the Longhorns scored single runs tonight in the second, third, fourth, and sixth innings, OU was coming up with multiple-run innings in the second (2 runs), fourth (3), and sixth (3). Cydney Sanders's bases-clearing double with three aboard in the fourth is but one example of the Sooners' big plays, in this c ..read more
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2024 WCWS -- Finals Game 1
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Oklahoma off to a 5-1 lead, as Texas bats in B3. Longhorns with runners on first and second with two out and star hitter Reese Atwood at the plate... Atwood grounds right back to OU pitcher Kelly Maxwell, who tosses to first for the third out... UT starter Teagan Kavan, who pitched so well against Stanford in the semifinals, lasted only 2 2/3 innings tonight, allowing all five Oklahoma runs... 8-3 OU is your final ..read more
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2024 WCWS -- Day 6
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Oklahoma has kept its quest for a fourth straight WCWS title alive with a 6-5 eight-inning win over Florida to advance to the championship round. The Sooners will take on Texas in a two-out-of-three series beginning Wednesday night. Florida held a 5-2 lead after three innings and looked well on its way to beating OU for the second straight day, which would have eliminated the Sooners and taken the Gators to the final round. However, UF scored no further runs, whereas Oklahoma chipped away with two in the fourth, one in the sixth, and one in the eighth. The final run came via Jayda Coleman's op ..read more
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2024 WCWS -- Day 5
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Texas and Stanford are scoreless B3 (with the Cardinal as the home team), as the Longhorns -- with no losses in the WCWS -- try to advance directly to the championship round. The one-loss Cardinal would need to beat Texas tonight and tomorrow to make the finals... UT center-fielder Kayden Henry with a great catch on Stanford's leadoff hitter. Nothing for the Cardinal in B3... Longhorns' Katie Stewart with a one-out double to the wall in right-center T4... Two-out HBP gives Texas two runners on base... NiJaree Canady strikes out UT hitter to end the threat... T6, still scoreless in this pitcher ..read more
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2024 WCWS -- Day 4
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Two elimination games on the slate today. UCLA up on Stanford 1-0 T2 on an opposite-field solo-shot by Megan Grant... Grant had a great freshman season at the plate a year ago, but came down a notch this year. The Bruins will need everything they can offensively to possibly come back and win the WCWS... T3, UCLA looking to expand its lead with runners at the corners (after singles by Janelle Meono and Jadelyn Allchin) and two out... Ground-out ends threat... B3, Taryn Kern with a one-out double to the wall in left-center for Stanford to drive in Emily Jones, who had reached on an infield singl ..read more
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2024 WCWS -- Day 2
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Friday's docket consists of two elimination games.  The first team to be heading home is Duke, a 2-1 loser to Alabama. This solo-shot by the Crimson Tide's Marlie Giles in T6 broke a 1-1 tie and ended up being the difference. Oklahoma State and Stanford next... Cardinal up 1-0 T2, as Ava Gall gets all ball, and blasts it to right... Now 4-0 Stanford after four complete innings, as the Cardinal offense, anemic for much of the season, has gotten five hits so far (including another home run, this by Kaitlyn Lim) and driven Cowgirl ace Lexi Kilfoyl out of the circle after 3 2/3 innings... T5 ..read more
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2024 WCWS -- Day 1
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This year's Women's College World Series will have a late start. The opening game between Alabama and UCLA, scheduled for 11:00 am Central, is currently in a rain delay ..read more
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ESPN.com With Excellent Preview of WCWS (2024)
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ESPN.com has an amazing preview of the 2024 Women's College World Series (link). The article contains in-depth analyses of all eight teams, plus every kind of statistical graphic you can imagine. One set of statistics stood out to me: Oklahoma's offensive output this year is almost identical to what it was last year, but the Sooners' pitching has come down a notch since last year. For example, OU has allowed 1.8 runs per game this season compared to 1.0 a year ago, and has struck out 23.4% of opposing batters this year as opposed to 31.3% last year ..read more
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2024 Super-Regionals -- Sunday
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2w ago
A lot of softball today, as five of the eight super-regional series are going to a decisive Game 3.,, The SEC conceivably could send five teams to the Women's College World Series. One is guaranteed (the Tennessee-Alabama winner), with Texas A&M, Florida, Missouri, and LSU potentially making it also. The Big 12 could send up to four with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State already having qualified and Texas and Baylor playing today...  [Update: The Big 12 will have three teams in the WCWS in Texas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State; the Pac-12 (UCLA, Stanford) and SEC (Florida, Alabama) will each ..read more
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