Top-seeded Oklahoma and No. 10 Florida State will meet in the Women’s College World Series finals after defeating James Madison and No. 3 Alabama, respectively, in elimination games on Monday.
The Sooners (54-3) got revenge on James Madison, ending the unseeded Dukes’ magical WCWS run with a 7-1 win. Giselle Juarez struck out 11 for OU, which tallied 10 hits, including Jocelyn Alo’s 32nd home run of the season.
Oklahoma won two consecutive games over JMU after the Dukes sent Oklahoma to the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament last week with a 4-3 upset. The Sooners defeated Georgia (8-0) and No. 2 UCLA (10-3) to put themselves in a position to face James Madison again.
Florida State also bounced back from the loser’s bracket, defeating Alabama 8-5 on Monday after beating the Crimson Tide 2-0 on Sunday. Like OU, Florida State lost its first game of the tournament but responded with wins over Arizona and Oklahoma State to advance to play Alabama.
The teams will meet in a best-of-three series beginning on Tuesday.
James Madison’s run, which included the program’s first WCWS victory and becoming the first unseeded team to ever reach the semifinals, comes to a close but not before captivating the sports world. In addition to the upset win over OU, pitcher Odicci Alexander made a diving play at the plate against Oklahoma State that saved the tying run from scoring, ultimately giving JMU the win. The Dukes ended their season 43-4.
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