The Oklahoma Sooners have advanced to the championship series of the Women's College World Series after an exhilarating 4-2 victory over Stanford in extra innings. Tiare Jennings, who had been struggling against Stanford's pitchers, delivered a two-run double in the ninth inning to seal the win for the Sooners. The team has now won 51 consecutive games, extending their NCAA record, and will face either Florida State or Tennessee in the best-of-three series, starting on Wednesday.
Oklahoma has already set a Division-I record with their winning streak this season, with many pundits considering their dominance one of the most impressive in NCAA history. Despite complaints from fans of other dominant teams in college sports, Oklahoma's record-breaking season is a testament to their numerous ranked teams and run-rule victories. The Sooners' aim to become the first program since UCLA in 1988-90 to win three straight national championships.
In the semifinals against Stanford, the Sooners had a slow start with an early 2-0 deficit, but Jayda Coleman's solo home run tied the game in the third inning. The game remained tied until Tiare Jennings hit a game-winning two-run double in the ninth inning, scoring both Coleman and shortstop Grace Lyons. The team has outscored opponents 66-12 in seven contests during the Women's College World Series, having shut out their opponents on four occasions.
While the Sooners' winning streak has already surpassed the NCAA football record for the longest winning streak of all time, it falls short of the women's basketball team of the University of Connecticut's 111 consecutive wins and the men's basketball team of UCLA's 88 consecutive wins.
Florida State defeated Tennessee 5-1 on Monday night to advance to the Women's College World Series championship series where they will face Oklahoma in a rematch of the 2021 series that Oklahoma won. Kathryn Sandercock and Makenna Reid combined for five innings of scoreless relief to help Florida State reach the finals for the third time in five years. Florida State will be looking to win their second national title while Oklahoma will be trying to make history by winning three straight national championships.