OU v Texas Game 1 WCWS Softball

OU's Jocelyn Alo connects with the ball during the Sooners' game against Texas, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. (Kyle Phillips / The Transcript)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Texas looked like it might challenge Oklahoma in the top of the first inning.

Sooner pitcher Hope Trautwein started uncharacteristically slow, giving up an early run after surrendering a double to Texas’ Bella Dayton and walking three straight batters. The Longhorns had bases loaded with two outs and looked to add to their early lead.

But Trautwein rebounded, forcing a flyout to help the Sooners escape the inning with only a one-run deficit.

The Longhorns never came close to threatening the Sooners the rest of the way.

The Sooners responded with five runs in the bottom of the frame and never looked back, defeating Texas 16-1 to win Game 1 of the Women’s College World Series final.

The win moves the Sooners within one game of a second-straight national championship.

The bottom of the first inning started in typical fashion, with Jocelyn Alo hitting a two-run home run after Jayda Coleman hit a lead-off double. Taylon Snow capped off the inning with a three-run home run, her first of the WCWS and her fourth of the season.

The home runs kept piling up for the Sooners, as Jana Johns and Tiare Jennings both hit one to left center in the third inning to push the Sooners’ lead to 10-1. But the biggest moments came in the fifth inning.

Jocelyn Alo hit a lead-off home run to open the frame, her second of the game. Tiare Jennings immediately followed Alo with a solo home run of her own to push the Sooners’ lead to 13.

The fifth-inning home runs were both Alo’s and Jenning’s fifth of the tournament, breaking the previous record of four and moving them both into first place in WCWS history.

Trautwein finished with two strikeouts and surrendered just two runs in five innings pitched. The Longhorns finished with three hits to the Sooners' 16.

Game 2 is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Jesse Crittenden is the sports editor of The Transcript and covers OU athletics. Reach him at jesse@normantranscript.com or at 405-366-3580

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