On Sunday, the Aggies got the The Sooners’ anger in a 20-0 beatdown at Marita Hynes Field.
Texas A&M pushed OU to its limit on Saturday NCAA Norman Regional semi final. The Aggies refused to be another run-rule obstacle in the way of the Sooners, who won a 3-2 win that took the full seven innings.
“We always felt like we were within reach,” Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans said after the loss. “It’s not some kind of moral victory for us because it was a close game. We came here to win, and now we have to buckle up…so we can have a chance to play OU again. Sunday. “
After defeating Minnesota in a playoff game on Saturday night, Texas A&M got that second chance against OU in Sunday’s regional final.
But the Sooners (52-2) did what they didn’t the first time around. They asserted their dominance in a game that lasted just five innings.
Blowout scores the most runs scored on a shutout in Regional Finals history since the format began in 2005. OU advances to its 12th consecutive NCAA Super Regional, where it will host winner UCF and Michigan in a best-of-three series starting Thursday for a berth in the Women’s College World Series.
“I will truly remember this day for a long time,” OU head coach Patty Gasso said. “I’ve never seen a team be so dominant in every way. Seeing us do what we did today really catapults us into next weekend.”
The entire OU roster contributed in the first set.
Now leading 7-0 with a front-row runner, Jocelyn Alo delivered a knockout blow. The redshirted senior unloaded on a Shaylee Ackerman pitch and sent a missile over the wall for a two-run homer.
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“We came into this match prepared,” said Alo. “As an offense we were zoned out, just controlling the strike zone and trying to hit the ball hard.”
OU held an 11-0 lead going into the top of the third inning when Alyssa Brito gave the crowd another souvenir. The second smashed a pitch from Emily Kennedy — the Aggies’ third pitcher of the afternoon — and sent the ball into the left field stands for a three-run homer.
The third and final home run of the day came courtesy of Tiare Jennings, who sent a three-run bomb over the wall in the fourth inning to extend OU’s lead to 17-0 . The Sooners then added three more runs in the fifth.
While Texas A&M (31-28) struggled to find stability inside the circle, OU found a star in Nicole May.
The second recorded six strikeouts and allowed only two hits before being struck out in the bottom of the fifth inning. Junior pitcher Macy McAdoo then got the last two outs of the game to seal the 20-0 win.
“I think Nicole did a really good job keeping (Texas A&M) off balance,” Gasso said. “I really felt like she had total control from the start.”
Nine different Sooners recorded at least one RBI in the win. The best batting performance came from Brito, who had four RBIs and three runs on 2-for-3 hits.
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