Oklahoma softball star Jocelyn Alo tied the NCAA Division I record for career home runs on Sunday, blasting No. 95 in the Sooners’ 8-0 win over Texas State.
🤙 𝐍𝐨. 𝟗𝟓!!! 🤙@78jocelyn_alo has tied the 𝐍𝐂𝐀𝐀 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐇𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐑𝐮𝐧 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝! 👑#ChampionshipMindset pic.twitter.com/XFM1Qjnn3e— Oklahoma Softball (@OU_Softball) February 20, 2022
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She helped score leadoff hitter Jayda Coleman and give the Sooners a 2-0 lead.
Reportedly, officials tried to locate the ball but it was hit out of the facility and rolled into a storm drain.
“Honestly, just ‘see ball, hit ball,’” Alo said. “Just trying not to do too much. I was honestly in my head a little too much, and thankfully I got out of it. But just trying to do my thing and do what I do.
“It was actually pretty crazy. I feel like coach [Patty Gasso] just calmed me down through the whole process. Like this thing, it is a hard thing to do. But, just trying to enjoy every moment that happens.”
She ties former Sooner Lauren Chamberlain, who set her mark in 220 career games from 2012-15. Alo reached the mark in 215.
“To tie it, tremendous celebration,” said Gasso. “And I love Lauren, she’s got my heart, she knows it. So it’s not even bittersweet. It’s just a celebration of Sooners. And that’s what this is about.
“She had a tremendous weekend. I worried about her a little bit, because she, right from the start, was really pressing. That was tough to watch. So (it was good) to see her just kind of let loose and let it go out here.”
It was Alo’s fifth home run of the weekend and the first of four two-run home runs on the day by the No. 1- ranked Sooners. Oklahoma is currently outscoring opponents 95-2, with Sooner pitchers having yet to allow an earned run.
Alo will have the chance to set the record when the Sooners play in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic beginning Friday.