Oklahoma City–Oklahoma is on track to make history by becoming the first Division I softball program in more than 30 years to win three consecutive national championships. However, they will face a tough battle in the form of Florida State ace pitcher, Kathryn Sandercock in the Women’s College World Series best-of-three championship series.
Oklahoma boasts an impressive record, with 51 consecutive wins in Division I and leads the nation in batting average, scoring, and home runs. They have four National Fastpitch Coaches Association first-team All-Americans in their lineup, Alyssa Brito, Tiare Jennings, Kinzie Hansen, and Jayda Coleman.
Sandercock, a second-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American, has an impressive record of 28-3, a 1.05 ERA, and 10 saves entering the championship series. In the World Series this year, she has a 0.51 ERA with two wins and a save in three games.
Sandercock is unfazed by the challenge of facing Oklahoma, stating, “I think it’s just the coolest challenge as a pitcher to put yourself up against the best and see what you’ve got.”
Florida State defeated Oklahoma 8-4 in Game 1 of the 2021 championship series. However, Oklahoma made a comeback and won the next two games, 6-2 and 5-1, to clinch the title.
Oklahoma also held on to beat Florida State 5-4 in Norman, Oklahoma, on March 14. Jennings knocked in the winning run with a single in the fourth, and Jordy Bahl got the save.
Bahl has been instrumental in Oklahoma’s success, with an impressive record of 21-1 and a 0.97 ERA. She has not allowed an earned run in 14 2/3 innings at the World Series.
Kaley Mudge, who set the World Series record of 14 hits in 2021, has continued her strong performances in 2022. The All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team performer has a batting average of .351, 18 doubles, 19 stolen bases and 43 RBIs.
Both teams have impressive pitching depth. Oklahoma has two pitchers, Nicole May and Alex Storako, with records of 18-0 and 17-0 respectively. Florida State also has a strong pitcher in freshman Makenna Reid, with a record of 13-0 and a 0.89 ERA with six saves.
This Women’s College World Series best-of-three championship series promises to be an exciting and unpredictable matchup.