Oklahoma defends softball title with 5-4 win over Florida

Oklahoma defends softball title with 5-4 win over Florida

Oklahoma defends softball title with 5-4 win over Florida

A night after needing 17 innings to win the longest game in the history of the championship series, No. 10 Oklahoma's 5-4 win against No. 1 Florida in a mere seven innings on Tuesday completed a sweep of the best-of-three final in the Women's College World Series.

Then Shay Knighten delivered a three-run double to give the Sooners the lead for good at 5-3.

Though the contest was almost the equivalent of 2½ seven-inning games, the Sooners only lead the best-of-three championship series 1-0 heading into Game Two on Tuesday night at 7. Knighten did it a lot earlier this time around, smacking a three-run, two-out double in the bottom of the second to give OU a 5-3 lead it would never relinquish.

Oklahoma still has to win one more game, and you can be sure that Florida - which, incidentally, is coached by a former OU player and assistant coach, Tim Walton - is going to muster everything it has to prevent that from happening. The Gators gave up four home runs to the Sooners and fought from behind almost the entire championship series, leading just twice for short periods of time.

Oklahoma was the lowest seed to win a national title, but it was no Cinderella.

The goal? Simple. To get to the sixth inning to allow Lowary to do what she does.

Back-to-back has been a theme for Oklahoma sports in 2016-2017, and softball is latest repeat champion in Norman. With Lowary (15-3), a capable starter, there won't be as much pressure on Parker this year. It lasted 5 1/2 hours, and all four pitchers threw more than 100 pitches.

Lowary, a transfer from Missouri, threw consistently above 72 miles per hour in two innings of flawless relief Sunday against OR, hitting as high as 75 miles per hour.

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Despite facing a Florida team armed with a dominant pitching staff, Oklahoma's softball squad did enough to hoist the Division I softball championship trophy once again.

Paige Lowary, OU's fourth pitcher of the game, shut down the Gators over the final two innings.

They took advantage in the 12th inning, as Fale Aviu seemed to provide the dagger with a two-run first-pitch homer to right.

Florida (58-10) did not allow an earned run in three games to reach the championship series, but the Sooners were able to break through against what statistically was the nation's best pitching staff.

"She's done a fantastic job and very worthy of the player of the year award", Gasso said.

Florida answered with a solo home run of its own off the bat of Sophia Reynoso to tie the game. But after the bottom of the order chased surprise Florida starter Aleshia Ocasio, Knighten drove the first pitch she saw to the fence in front of the bleachers full of Oklahoma fans.

Perhaps not to be outdone and looking for another monkey wrench, Gasso brought true freshman Mendes in from right field to pitch against Florida in the fifth inning. "We're going to have to be really good and very disciplined when we face her".

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