Oklahoma wins program's fifth Women's College World Series

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It took a turbulent, winding road, but Oklahoma has won its fifth Women's College World Series in program history.

The top-seeded Sooners captured the national championship with a 5-1 win over No. 10 seed Florida State in Game 3 of the national finals, overcoming a Game 1 loss with back-to-back complete games from ace Giselle Juarez. Oklahoma has now won three championships in the last six seasons.

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The scoring got started quickly with a solo home run from Jocelyn Alo, the USA Softball Player of the Year, in the bottom of the first inning:

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Another solo homer from center fielder Jayda Coleman followed in the second inning, but Coleman would break the game open in the third inning. With two on, two outs and a full count, Coleman hit a two-run double to give the Sooners a 5-1 lead.

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With Juarez on the mound, that was all Oklahoma needed.

Jayda Coleman reacts after hitting a home run during the second inning of Game 3 of the Women's College World Series Championship against the Florida St. Seminoles at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium on June 10, 2021 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma has won the national championship. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Giselle Juarez wins WCWS MVP

Pitching for the second straight day, Juarez once again delivered a complete-game win, posting a line of seven innings, two hits, one earned run, two walks and seven strikeouts.

Juarez had pitched seven innings in the series-tying Game 2 as well, racking up 13 strikeouts and only three earned runs in 14 innings over the span of 24 hours. That all added up to series MVP honors:

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Oklahoma won every WCWS game with its back against the wall

While a top seed winning a national championship sounds fairly straightforward, the Sooners' path featured multiple losses and the constant threat of elimination.

Oklahoma opened its WCWS run against unseeded James Madison, a program making its first appearance in the tournament. The Sooners were shocked in extra innings, losing 4-3 and heading straight to the elimination bracket.

What followed were single-elimination games against Georgia and UCLA, and then a chance for revenge against James Madison. Needing two wins to advance to the national finals, Oklahoma beat JMU in 6-3 and 7-1 wins, the former coming thanks to a seventh-inning tiebreaking rally.

In the finals, Oklahoma lost 8-4 to Florida State in Game 1, once again putting them in a win-or-go-home position.

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