The college softball world said goodbye to a legend Thursday night, as Jocelyn Alo’s career at Oklahoma came to a close with a second-straight Women’s College World Series title. The Sooners beat Texas 10-5 to sweep the championship series.
While Alo has been a slugger for her entire career, she made an appearance in left field last night – her first of the season – and received a standing ovation. The star, who usually appears as designated player, made an out on the next pitch.
“Everyone was kind of surprised, but I do practice defense at practice,” Alo told ESPN’s Holly Rowe postgame. Of the standing ovation, she added that she doesn’t “think anything will ever compare to that.”
Jocelyn Alo received a standing ovation in left field and then made the out on the very next pitch 👏#WCWS pic.twitter.com/UsOwqMDIFT— ESPN (@espn) June 10, 2022
Jocelyn Alo received a standing ovation in left field and then made the out on the very next pitch 👏#WCWS pic.twitter.com/UsOwqMDIFT
Coming off the field a short while later, she received a hug from every one of her teammates as she exited for the final time in her college career.
Jocelyn Alo's teammates hugged her after she was taken out of the game with one out left in the final inning ❤️ #WCWS pic.twitter.com/NQhowcVE9Z— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 10, 2022
Jocelyn Alo's teammates hugged her after she was taken out of the game with one out left in the final inning ❤️ #WCWS pic.twitter.com/NQhowcVE9Z
A utility player, Alo’s presence has always been felt at the plate as she has cemented herself as the best hitter in the sport of softball. A two-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, she’s racked up nearly all of the accolades the sport has to offer.
With 122 home runs in her career, Alo holds the record across NCAA softball and baseball. At 280 runs total, her slugging percentage is an astounding .990 with 776 total bases reached. The one record that she didn’t manage to break? Runs batted in. She ends her career with 323 RBIs while the record, set by former Arizona player Jenny Dalton-Hill, stands at 328.
Alo’s popularity has only risen over the past week as she’s finished making her mark on the WCWS.
“They pay to see Jocelyn Alo,” Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso said. “… She keeps saying, ‘I want to leave my mark.’ She’s left her mark. She’s done it. Right now it’s just icing on the cake for her.”
That icing includes celebrating her second career national title and Oklahoma’s sixth. At this point, there’s not much else that can be said of her career that hasn’t already.
“I love this game,” said Alo, tearing up. “I’m sad to be walking away from it but I’m happy that I ended on top. I’m just so blessed for this journey that God has blessed me with.
“To all the Hawaii girls and the little girls watching, anything is possible if you work hard. You can come and play on this stage if you work hard and stay the course. Thank you for following me.”