Thursday, June 9, 2016

Oklahoma Wins National Championship

#3-seeded Oklahoma Sooners took home the deciding game three of the Women's College World Series championship final last night to clinch the program's third national title.

The highest-ranked team remaining after the elimination of Michigan in the early rounds of the World Series, the Sooners were one of the odds-on favorites coming into Oklahoma City.

Riding the arm of sophomore Paige Parker, the Sooners rode a twenty-seven game win streak into the World Series, a streak they stretched into thirty-one games after four wins in Oklahoma City before their loss in Game 2 of the championship series.

Playing the Tigers of Auburn, the Sooners easily took game one of the series, but lost game two on a walk-off grand slam in a game where Parker never saw the field. Parker shut down the majority of the AU offense in game three and her team captured a narrow 2-1 victory.

For her play and 5-0 record in Oklahoma City, Parker was selected as the tournament's most outstanding player.

The championship is the Sooners' third this century, following other national titles in 2000 and 2013. Since 2012, Oklahoma is the only non-SEC team to win a national championship in the sport of softball.

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