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OU’s bats wake up in sixth, forcing decisive game 3 on Thursday

The Women’s College World Series will go to a decisive game 3.

Oklahoma rallied to score four runs in the sixth inning, erasing Florida State’s early lead, and the Sooners took a 6-2 win over the Seminoles on Wednesday in game 2. OU’s win snapped FSU’s five-game winning streak in the WCWS. The Seminoles had not trailed since rallying in game 2 to defeat Arizona, which sparked the run through their bracket and put them a win away from a national title.

The best-of-three series will wrap up on Thursday at 3 p.m. (ESPN).

“Any game, win or loss, is just a rearview mirror game,” FSU first baseman Elizabeth Mason said. “You put it behind you. It doesn’t affect the next game. We knew that they were going to come out swinging today. We knew they’d be a different team today. So we’ll be a different team tomorrow. Be a little bit better than we were today. And just do what we can tomorrow to get the win.”

Mason put FSU (49-12-1) on the board with a two-run home run in the first inning. But Mason’s shot was one of just four hits and the Seminoles couldn’t get much production, while Oklahoma made some impressive plays in the field. OU’s Giselle Juarez improved to 22-1.

Kaley Mudge remains at 13 hits for the WCWS, tied for the series record with Jessie Warren and a few others. Mudge went 0 for 2 with a walk.

Joecelyn Alo had a two run-homer and Jana Johns hit a solo home run for Oklahoma (55-4), while Mackenzie Donihoo and Jayda Coleman had RBI singles. Alo now has 33 home runs in 2021.

Kathryn Sandercock pitched five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits. She had two strikeouts. Caylan Arnold pitched 1.1 innings, while Emma Wilson got the final two outs.

Sandercock was hit in the leg by a line drive but said after the game that she was fine. “I’ll probably have a bruise but nothing too bad,” Sandercock said.

Danielle Watson did not pitch on Wednesday. It’s possible that Watson, the game 1 starter vs. OU, could be back in the circle for the decisive game Thursday.

BOX SCORE

The Oklahoma-FSU box score can be viewed here.