OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma has already beaten Texas three times.
But to hoist the program’s sixth national championship, the top-seeded Sooners (57-3) will need to pick up another pair of wins.
On Wednesday, the Red River Rivalry will once again take control of Oklahoma City’s Hall of Fame Stadium, as Big 12 opponents meet in the Women’s College World Series Best-of-Three Championship Series.
In four games against the Longhorns (47-20-1) this season, the Sooners are 3-1 and won by a combined score of 21-7.
Entering Championship Series, OU Head Coach Patty Gasso said the familiarity between the Sooners and the ‘Horns is both a blessing and a curse.
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WCWS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Oklahoma vs. Texas
- Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
- Thursday, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2
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“I think the pros (for playing a conference opponent) are you know them,” Gasso said at a Championship Series preview press conference on Tuesday. “The downsides are that they know you.
“There are no surprises here.”
Oklahoma will bring a lot of confidence to the championship series as OU won the regular season roster between the two teams.
Jordy Bahl played in the heart of the Sooners’ Game 1 win over Texas on April 14.
The true freshman pitcher topped the circle for OU, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out 15 Longhorn batters in a 3-0 victory.
Texas pitcher Hailey Dolcini did an admirable job containing the Oklahoma range, but long balls by Jayda Coleman and Alyssa Brito provided the necessary OR insurance after Grace Lyon opened the scoring with an RBI single.
Nicole May and Hope Trautwein pitched for the Sooners in the second contest of the series and combined to allow four hits and a run as the Sooners battled their way to a 9-1 victory.
by Mike White Longhorns flipped the script in Game 3, however.
Dolcini allowed a pair of hits and a two-run homer from Kinzie Hansen in the top of the seventh inning. Although she struck out only two OU batters, the Texas ace trusted her defense with great efficiency.
Beating Bahl for the second time, the Texas team made enough marginal improvements to cause an upset.
Marie Iakopo gave the Longhorns the lead with a fifth-inning RBI single and a third baseman Mia Scott succeeded with a brace clearing goals in the sixth to help his side to a 4-2 win.
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Texas celebrated the end of OU’s bid for an undefeated season by dousing Dolcini with a gatorade bath, something the Sooners wouldn’t soon forget.
The WCWS bracket gave Oklahoma a chance for revenge, as the two teams met for the fourth time on Saturday in a winner’s bracket battle.
An explosive fifth inning by the OU offense knocked Dolcini out of the contest, as the Sooners scored six hits and five runs in just 4 1/3 innings of work from the Texas star.
“We had something to prove,” sophomore from Oklahoma Tiara Jennings said Saturday after the win. “No team beats us twice, we proved that.”
As the Sooners called Dolcini, Texas again struggled to generate an offense off Trautwein.
The OU pitcher allowed six hits, but the Longhorns couldn’t capitalize on base runners and ultimately lost 7-2 to Oklahoma.
Despite the history between the two teams, the Sooners aren’t going into the series worried about the Red River rivalry. They just focus on adding another trophy to the collection.
“It’s a Red River rivalry,” Alo said Tuesday, “but at the end of the day, we’re competing for a national championship, and it doesn’t matter who’s in that other dugout. It’s just for us to go out there and play the game we know how to play and continually stay one step ahead of the other team.
“So yeah, for us, it didn’t matter who else was in that dugout, but it happened to be Texas.”
Game 1 of the 2022 WCWS Championship Series is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hall of Fame Stadium, and the contest will be broadcast on ESPN.
“I think it’s just going to be an all-around battle,” Jennings said. “The defense is going to have to make plays. The attack intensifies. Save our pitchers.
“I think either way it’s going to be an uphill battle no matter what.”
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