No. 1 Texas and three-time defending champs No. 2 Oklahoma to meet in Women’s College World Series championship

June 5, 2024
And just like that, the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) championship matchup is set. No. 1 Texas will face three-time defending champs No. 2 Oklahoma in the best-of-three series, a powerhouse Red River Rivalry showdown fitting of the record-setting tourney thus far. These Big 12 foes went 2-2 against each other this year, meaning it’s anyone’s ballgame when Game 1 begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET, with the potentially series-deciding Game 2 tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET. Batter up.
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No. 1 Texas and three-time defending champs No. 2 Oklahoma to meet in Women’s College World Series championship
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The GIST: And just like that, the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) championship matchup is set. No. 1 Texas will face three-time defending champs No. 2 Oklahoma in the best-of-three series, a powerhouse Red River Rivalry showdown fitting of the record-setting tourney thus far.

  • These Big 12 foes went 2-2 against each other this year, meaning it’s anyone’s ballgame when Game 1 begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET, with the potentially series-deciding Game 2 tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET. Batter up.

The Longhorns: Texas took over the No. 1 spot in the rankings in early April and, save a Big 12 conference championship stumble to OU, never looked back. Come tourney time, the Longhorns put their Super Regional struggles behind them, going undefeated in the WCWS and posting three shutouts in their three games en route to the title series.

  • The pitcher leading the way? Freshman Teagan Kavan, who tossed a complete game one-hitter in Monday’s 1–0 semifinal win over No. 8 Stanford (her second one-hitter of the WCWS!), striking out seven along the way. Ice in her veins.
  • But don’t let Monday’s low Longhorns’ scoring fool you — Texas can bring the power. They have the country’s best batting average and boast home run–hitting USA Softball Player of the Year finalist Reese Atwood.

The Sooners: Death, taxes, and Oklahoma in the WCWS title series. The Sooners will be swinging for an unprecedented fourth straight ’ship after coming back to beat No. 4 Florida in walk-off fashion during yesterday’s semis, thanks to senior Jayda Coleman’s opposite field power.

  • Anyone in the OU lineup can beat you on any given day, but Coleman and Tiare Jennings — the Sooners’ one-two punch — stand out. Between their power and WCWS experience, there’s a real chance they graduate having won a title every year of their college careers.
  • In the circle, it’ll be up to ace Kelly Maxwell to rebound from yesterday’s tough start and silence the Longhorn bats. Instant classic, loading.