Oklahoma beats Texas, repeats as softball national champs

Jun 9, 2022, 8:37 AM | Updated: Jun 10, 2022, 12:52 pm
Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman catches a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of th...

Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman catches a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman catches a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Tiare Jennings hits a single against Texas during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Alyssa Brito celebrates after scoring a run against Texas during the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals in Oklahoma City, Okla., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman celebrates with Jana Johns (20) after catching a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma players gesture to fans before the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series against Texas, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman catches a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Tiare Jennings hits a single against Texas during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Alyssa Brito celebrates after scoring a run against Texas during the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals in Oklahoma City, Okla., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman celebrates with Jana Johns (20) after catching a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma players gesture to fans before the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series against Texas, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Nicole May pitches against Texas in the fifth inning of the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Texas' Hailey Dolcini (27) pitches in the fifth inning of the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series against Oklahoma on Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Texas' Estelle Czech, right, hands the ball to Hailey Dolcini (27) as she is removed during the fifth inning of the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series against Oklahoma on Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Texas' Janae Jefferson dives for a ball hit by Oklahoma's Rylie Boone for a single during the sixth inning of the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Jocelyn Alo hits a single against Texas during the sixth inning of the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Texas in the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Alyssa Brito, center, celebrates at second base behind Texas' JJ Smith, left, and Estelle Czech (22) after hitting a double during the fifth inning of the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Texas players watch from the dugout in the seventh inning of the second game against Oklahoma inp the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Texas in the NCAA Women's College World Series softball finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Texas in the NCAA Women's College World Series softball finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma players celebrate after defeating Texas in the NCAA Women's College World Series softball finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman catches a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Tiare Jennings hits a single against Texas during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma players gesture to fans before the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series against Texas, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Grace Lyons is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting a home run against Texas in the sixth inning of the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Jocelyn Alo holds the trophy after Oklahoma defeated Texas in the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman catches a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Tiare Jennings hits a single against Texas during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Alyssa Brito celebrates after scoring a run against Texas during the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals in Oklahoma City, Okla., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman celebrates with Jana Johns (20) after catching a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma players gesture to fans before the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series against Texas, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman catches a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Tiare Jennings hits a single against Texas during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Alyssa Brito celebrates after scoring a run against Texas during the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals in Oklahoma City, Okla., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman celebrates with Jana Johns (20) after catching a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma players gesture to fans before the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series against Texas, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman catches a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Tiare Jennings hits a single against Texas during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Alyssa Brito celebrates after scoring a run against Texas during the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals in Oklahoma City, Okla., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman celebrates with Jana Johns (20) after catching a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma players gesture to fans before the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series against Texas, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman catches a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Tiare Jennings hits a single against Texas during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Alyssa Brito celebrates after scoring a run against Texas during the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals in Oklahoma City, Okla., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman celebrates with Jana Johns (20) after catching a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma players gesture to fans before the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series against Texas, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman catches a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Tiare Jennings hits a single against Texas during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma's Alyssa Brito celebrates after scoring a run against Texas during the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals in Oklahoma City, Okla., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              Oklahoma's Jayda Coleman celebrates with Jana Johns (20) after catching a fly ball hit by Texas' Mary Iakopo during the first inning of the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Oklahoma players gesture to fans before the second game of the NCAA Women's College World Series softball championship series against Texas, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
            
              Texas infielder Janae Jefferson throws to first base against Oklahoma during the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals in Oklahoma City, Okla., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              Oklahoma shortstop Grace Lyons (3) celebrates after tagging out Texas' JJ Smith at second base during the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals in Oklahoma City, Okla., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              Oklahoma pitcher Jordyn Bahl (98) yells after striking out a Texas batter to end an inning during the second game of the NCAA softball Women's College World Series finals in Oklahoma City, Okla., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kinzie Hansen and Grace Lyons hit three-run homers, Jayda Coleman made two spectacular defensive plays and No. 1 seed Oklahoma defeated unseeded Texas 10-5 on Thursday night to win its second straight Women’s College World Series title.

The Sooners (59-3) claimed the best-of-three series 2-0 after winning Game 1 16-1 on Wednesday. It was Oklahoma’s sixth overall championship and fifth in the past nine World Series.

Jocelyn Alo, the two-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, was named Most Outstanding Player. She hit .666 for the tournament, tied Tiare Jennings for a World Series record five home runs and set a World Series mark with 12 runs scored.

Alo hit a hard single in her final at-bat in the sixth inning and later scored. In the seventh, she stepped in to play left field and caught two fly balls for outs before leaving the game to a standing ovation. She went without a homer on Thursday and ends her career with a Division I record 122 home runs.

Jennings set a World Series record with 15 RBIs. Oklahoma scored 41 runs in its final three World Series games.

Oklahoma’s Jordy Bahl (22-1), the NFCA Freshman of the Year, settled down after a rough start. She allowed two runs and four hits in four innings.

Texas pitcher Estelle Czech (13-2) began the game with three shutout innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth and fifth and was replaced.

Mia Scott hit a three-run homer and JJ Smith had two hits for the Longhorns (47-22-1), who had survived six elimination games in NCAA tournament play before Thursday.

The Longhorns loaded the bases with no outs in the first and scored two runs. Coleman jumped above the fence for a spectacular grab that robbed Courtney Day of a two-run homer and ended the inning.

Oklahoma finally got on the board in the fourth. After the Sooners got their first run following a throwing error, Taylon Snow’s RBI single tied the game at 2-all.

In the fourth, Coleman had another defensive gem, throwing out a Texas runner at second from the warning track.

Alyssa Brito’s RBI double in the fifth gave Oklahoma the lead for the first time, and Hansen’s blast later in the inning put the Sooners up 6-2.

The crowd stood for Alo’s at-bat in the sixth, hoping for one more blast. Instead, her single loaded the bases. Two batters later, Lyons’ homer made it 10-2.

Scott’s 3-run homer came in the seventh.

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