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Oklahoma Defeats Florida State to Win 2021 Women's College World Series

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJune 11, 2021

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

Oklahoma earned its fifth NCAA softball title in school history with a 5-1 win over Florida State in Game 3 of the Womenโ€™s College World Series finals.

NCAA Softball @NCAAsoftball

A record-breaking run for @OU_Softball is capped with a fifth National Championship! ๐Ÿ†#WCWS pic.twitter.com/KpcpbTtB2w

Jayda Coleman had a home run and three RBI Thursday, while pitcher Giselle Juarez shut down the Seminoles in her second straight complete game.

That helped the Sooners take home their third Division I championship in the last five tournaments.

Oklahoma (56-4) had been arguably the top team throughout the year but faced a lot of resistance during the WCWS. The No. 1 seed ended winning six games while facing elimination in Oklahoma City, including the decisive Game 3, en route to a well-earned title.

National player of the year Jocelyn Alo has been Oklahoma's star throughout the season, and she set the tone early with a first-inning home run.

NCAA Softball @NCAAsoftball

๐Ÿ’ฃ No. 34 of the season for @78jocelyn_alo gives the Sooners the early lead! <br><br>๐Ÿ“บ @espn#WCWS x @OU_Softball pic.twitter.com/rIL01Crb8p

Jim Dunaway @jimdunaway

Jocelyn Alo has one of the purest swings Iโ€™ve ever seen.#WCWS #WCWS2021 #MLB @jessmendoza #BoomerSooner

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Danny Kanell @dannykanell

Alo is a top 5 all time scariest out?? Top 3?

The slugger completed one of the best seasons in softball history with a .475 average and 34 home runs, also coming through when needed in the hunt for a championship.

As the game progressed, it was freshman Jayda Coleman who stepped up on the big stage with a solo home run and a two-RBI double to help stretch the lead.

Oklahoma Softball @OU_Softball

๐Ÿ’ฅ ๐…๐‘๐„๐’๐‡๐Œ๐€๐. ๐ˆ๐ง. ๐“๐ก๐ž. ๐๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ฒ. ๐Ÿ’ฅ@jaydac00 is different. <br><br>B2 | OU 2, FSU 0 | ๐Ÿ“บ ESPN pic.twitter.com/zfUIkpuuOq

ESPN @espn

JAYDA COLEMAN WITH THE BASES-CLEARING DOUBLE!<br><br>She makes it 5-1 for the Sooners! @OU_Softball #WCWS pic.twitter.com/0Ylt4pkpwx

The offensive production was more than enough for Juarez, who had another impressive showing in the circle after pitching a complete game Wednesday.

It took some good luck for Florida State to even get on the board as Sydney Sherrill's pop-up got lost in the sun:

Florida State Softball ๐ŸฅŽ @FSU_Softball

The โ˜€ is our friend! We cut the lead in half.<br><br>๐Ÿ“บ: ESPN#OneTribe | #HowBoutIt pic.twitter.com/NcVebUAhK6

The official scorecard called it an RBI double, but it was more about the defense than the offense.

Juarez was otherwise dominant and finished with seven strikeouts and one run allowed in seven innings.

Nick Lawton @NickLawtonTV

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Juarez is a machine that DOES. NOT. QUIT. #WCWS

Erick Smith @ericksmith

Appropriately Juarez catches the final out for Oklahoma's national title. She was immense at the WCWS and got the Sooners through the loser's bracket to a championship.

Florida State had just one other hit besides the pop-up and couldn't do enough offensively to win the title.

Oklahoma entered the NCAA tournament as the No. 1 seed after losing just two games during the regular season. The Sooners barely slowed down from there and were clearly too difficult to stop in a double-elimination format despite losing their first game of the WCWS.

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