The Women’s College World Series finals are set, with a Red River rivalry showdown for the national title.
Unseeded Texas is taking on No. 1 Oklahoma, the defending champion. The Sooners are seeking their sixth title in program history and are playing in their third straight championship series and seventh in the past 10 years.
Game 1: Texas vs. Oklahoma @ 8:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday June 8 on ESPN
Game 2: Oklahoma vs. Texas @ 7:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, June 9 on ESPN2
Game 3 (if necessary): Texas vs. Oklahoma @ 8:30 p.m. ET, Friday, June 10 on ESPN
The Longhorns become the first unseeded team to make the WCWS finals after a stunning two-game upset of Oklahoma State. They will be looking for their first national title.
Courtney Day has homered in her past three games for the Longhorns, including a three-run home run that helped spark Texas’ comeback against Oklahoma State. Pitcher Hailey Dolcini has been a stalwart in the circle, pitching a complete-game shutout in the Longhorns’ first semifinal win over the Cowgirls.
Dolcini has experience against the Sooners as well. Back in April, Dolcini was in the circle when Texas handed Oklahoma its first loss of the season.
But Oklahoma is still Oklahoma. While UCLA forced a winner-take-all game in Monday’s semifinals, the Sooners responded by run-ruling the Bruins in the deciding contest. They have yet to lose back-to-back games this season and have beaten Texas in three out of four outings.
Pitcher Jordy Bahl has seen minimal time since her return from injury last Thursday, but she should show up in the championship series. And Hope Trautwein has been lethal in the circle, not allowing a single run Monday against a UCLA team that hit three home runs earlier in the day.
The bats are also there, led by Jocelyn Alo. With a 15-0 win over UCLA in their most recent outing, the Sooners set the record for the largest margin of victory in WCWS history.