For the first time in three seasons Division I softball will crown a new national champion, after Oklahoma lost to the Washington Huskies for the second time in three days to end their season.
Oklahoma struggled at the plate throughout their run at the College World Series, something they were not used to all season, winning a good portion of their games to the tune of a run rule. The team finished the season 57-5.
Paige Lowary and Paige Parker both pitched well, but the three runs given up were enough to take down the Sooners. They struggled all season against the Pac-12, with four of their five losses coming to the conference, and surprisingly failed to score a run against the conference in any of the games.
On Elimination Saturday, Paige Parker looked like one of the best players in the country, throwing two complete games, and only allowing four total hits. Patty Gasso gave Parker a bit of rest on Sunday, but she quickly entered the game in the third inning.
Over this season, the Sooners scored the most runs in the nation, but in the WCWS they were held scoreless twice. They also batted more than a 100 points below their regular season team average of .321.
This senior class will finish their careers with an astounding record of 224-31 over these last four seasons, with three Big 12 Championships, and two National Championships.
One bright spot for the team in the WCWS was freshman powerhouse Jocelyn Alo who tied the freshman single season home run record with 30, including two in their games at the WCWS.
The team, led by legend Patty Gasso will be back in 2019 and will be competitive, but the six Sooners graduating won’t be forgotten.