All it took was one swing of the bat from the National Player of the Year to completely flip the script on the Women's College World Series final.
Florida State took the first game 8-4 to stun the top-seeded Oklahoma Sooners and collect its third straight win in the NCAA postseason. On Wednesday, the Seminoles led 2-1, needing only to get through the sixth and seventh innings to win the title. But, then Jocelyn Alo happened.
The senior launched a two-run homer to give Oklahoma the lead — and the new NCAA record for home runs by a team in a single season at 159. The Sooners piled on from there, scoring two more runs in the inning and another insurance run in the seventh to win 6-2 in Game 2 and force a decisive final game.
“We, without question, needed that, and she was the spark throughout the game," Sooners coach Patty Gasso said, according to The Oklahoman.
Now the Sooners, who have been one of college softball's most dominant offenses in history, will see if they can keep the bats going for one more game. It'll be a stiff test against a Florida State squad that comes into the final game with a team ERA of 1.71, the sixth-lowest in the nation.
Here's all the information you need to watch the two teams face off in the winner-take-all matchup on Thursday.
What channel is Game 3 of the Women's College World Series?
- Matchup: No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 10 Florida State
- Date: Thursday, June 10
- Start time: 3 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ESPN
- Live stream: ESPN+ | fuboTV
ESPN will wrap up its coverage of the Women's College World Series with Game 3 on Thursday at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. Following the conclusion of the game, viewers can stick around to see the presentation of the trophy.
When was the last time each team won the Women's College World Series?
Both these teams have enjoyed some recent success when it comes to winning it all in Oklahoma City.
Florida State is the most recent of the two teams to have won a championship, claiming the 2018 crown in a two-game sweep of Washington. It was the Seminoles' first title in program history.
Oklahoma's last championship was in 2017, adding to their already jam-packed trophy case. The Sooners also have softball titles in 2000, 2013 and 2016. They are tied with Arizona State for the fourth-most national championships among Division I schools.