12 WCWS Appearances

OU Softball History & Tradition

Shay Knighten

With five straight NCAA regional championships from 2000-04, OU became the first team east of Pac-12 country to make five straight appearances in the Women's College World Series. The Sooners returned to the pinnacle of college softball again each year from 2011-14 and 2016-18. With titles in 2000, 2013, 2016 and 2017, the program is one of three in history to win more than two national titles and one of our four programs to go back-to-back.

The following is a look back at each of Oklahoma's 12 trips to the WCWS in Oklahoma City.

2018 WCWS

2018 WCWSOklahoma's quest to become only the second team in history to win three straight NCAA crowns came to an end at the WCWS. After an opening-round 2-0 loss to Washinton, Oklahoma fought back through the loser's bracket with a pair of 2-0 wins over Arizona State and Florida, only to fall to Washington again in the semifinals, 3-0.

The 2018 Sooners finish with a 57-5 record, good for a .919 winning percentage that ranks second in school annals. The senior class concluded its OU career with a 224-31 record over four years.

2017 WCWS

Back-to-Back National Titles

2017 WCWSTenth-seeded Oklahoma took the hard route out of the Norman Regional after losing its opening game with North Dakota State, 3-2, in nine innings. From there, OU survived elimination games with Arkansas and NDSU to reach the finals with Tulsa. Oklahoma was down 4-2 entering the 10th against the Golden Hurricane but Caleigh Clifton hit a game-tying two-run home run and Sydney Romero followed later with a walk-off, two-run shot to extend OU's season. Oklahoma came back the next day and advanced with a 3-0 win over Tulsa. According to ESPN research, the Sooners became just the eighth team out of 416 since 2005 to advance to the Super Regionals after losing their opening game of the postseason.

The Sooners then visited No. 7 Auburn in the Super Regional. In Game One, Paige Parker struck out 14 in a 4-0 shutout, while Oklahoma punched their ticket to the WCWS with a 5-2 win in game two.

In the WCWS opener, Nicole Pendley's three-run homer highlighted a four-run first inning as the Sooners held off Big 12 foe and 15th-seeded Baylor, 6-3. The win matched the Sooners up with No. 6 Washington and OU prevailed with a 3-1 win as Sydney Romero homered and Paige Parker and Paige Lowary combined to give up just one run on three hits. OU then reached the WCWS Championship Series behind a 4-2 win over Oregon. The Ducks led 2-0 after the top of the fifth, but the Sooners became the first team in the 2017 WCWS to take the lead after trailing behind a four-run fifth inning.

Game one of the WCWS Championship Series was an instant classic as the Sooners prevailed 7-5 in 17 innings, the longest game in Finals history (since 2005). Twice Oklahoma had Florida down to its final out, but the Gators rallied in the bottom of the seventh and bottom of the 12th to prolong the game. In the top of the 17th, Shay Knighten hit a three-run homer to put the Sooners up for good. Paige Lowary threw a career-high 10.1 innings to earn the win for OU.

Oklahoma swept the WCWS Championship Series with a 5-4 win in game two. Mendes hit a solo home run to lead off the game, only to see Florida pull ahead 3-1 going to the bottom of the second. Knighten was again the hero as she hit a bases-loaded double, turning a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead. Four pitchers combined on the win as the Sooners won their second straight title, third in the last five years and fourth overall.

2016 WCWS

Oklahoma Takes Home Third National Title

2016 WCWSThird-seeded Oklahoma breezed through the Norman Regional as it went 3-0 with a win over Wichita State and a pair of victories against Ole Miss. OU outscored the opposition, 19-3.

The Sooners then hosted No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette in the Super Regional. The Ragin' Cajuns entered as the nation's leading team in homers per game, but OU emerged with an 8-2 win in game one before holding off ULL in game two, 7-6, to reach its 10th Women's College World Series.

In the WCWS opener, Oklahoma went to extra innings with No. 6 Alabama before Shay Knighten's three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth. OU starter Paige Parker struck out seven while throwing a four-hit shutout. Oklahoma moved on to face the tournament's highest remaining seed, No. 2 Michigan. The Sooners jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 3.5 innings, but had to hold off a Wolverines' rally that saw Michigan put the winning run on base in a 7-5 win. To reach the WCWS Finals, OU used a three-run fourth inning to pull away from No. 10 LSU en route to a 7-3 victory.

In game one of the WCWS Finals against No. 4 Auburn, freshman Sydney Romero's three-run homer in the third inning proved the difference in a 3-2 victory for OU. Auburn hit a two-run homer in the seventh and threatened to tie the game or take the lead with two in scoring position and one out, but freshman Shay Knighten knocked down a grounder at first base and threw home as sophomore catcher Lea Wodach applied the tag to nail the tying run. A pop up then ended the game.

Oklahoma jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the top of the second in game two, but Auburn answered with 11 unanswered runs to force a decisive game three with an 11-7 victory in eight innings.

In the final game of the WCWS Finals, OU scored twice in the first inning and Parker threw a complete game with just one run allowed to post a 2-1 victory and the team's third national title. An Auburn error and infield single from freshman Fale Aviu accounted for all of the Sooner runs in the first, while Parker retired the last 12 batters of the game.

2014 WCWS

2014 WCWSSeventh-seeded Oklahoma went undefeated through the Regionals before facing Tennessee in a rematch of the 2013 national title series. It took three games but OU defeated the Lady Vols to reach its fourth straight WCWS. After an opening-round loss to Alabama, the Sooners stayed alive by topping Louisiana-Lafayette. Ultimately, the season ended with a loss to top-seeded Oregon.

2013 WCWS

Oklahoma Wins Second National Title

2013 WCWSTop-seeded Oklahoma made quick work of its opponents en route to a third-straight trip to the Women's College World Series. Hosting the Norman Regional, OU went 3-0 with a combined score of 41-6 in a win over Marist and two over Arkansas.

The Sooners then hosted No. 16 Texas A&M in the Super Regional but easily bested the Aggies, winning each game by run-rule and outscoring A&M 18-2.

Keilani Ricketts opened the 2013 WCWS with a 7-1 no-hitter against eighth-seeded Michigan, the 17th in history. From there, OU took down Big 12-rival No. 10 Texas with a 10-2, five-inning win and then defeated 11th-ranked Washington, 6-2, to earn a date with No. 7 Tennessee in the Championship Series.

Game one featured 10 scoreless innings before Tennessee hit a three-run home run in the 11th. OU responded with three runs of its own in the bottom, including a pair of run-producing hits with the Sooners down to their final strike. In the 12th inning, Lauren Chamberlain hit a two-run, walk-off home run to get the win.

In game two, Ricketts drove in all four runs, while Michelle Gascoigne struck out 12 in a three-hit shutout to give Oklahoma its second national title.

2012 WCWS

2012 WCWSOklahoma made consecutive WCWS appearances for the first time since 2003-04 with a dominant run through its Regional and Super Regional in Norman. The fourth-seeded Sooners swept five straight games by a combined score of 45-5.
The winning continued in Oklahoma City as OU knocked off South Florida (5-1), No. 1 Cal (3-0) and No. 3 Arizona State (5-3) to advance to the championship series vs. No. 2 Alabama.

The Sooners and Crimson Tide split the first two games to send the series to a winner-take-all final. In a game delayed nearly three hours due to rain, Alabama rallied from a 3-0 deficit by scoring four runs in the fourth inning and ultimately held on, 5-4, to become the first SEC team to win an NCAA softball title.

2011 WCWS

2011 WCWSOklahoma made its 18th straight postseason appearance and opened at home as the nation's No. 9 seed. OU got past Iona (7-1) and Tulsa (6-0) before the Golden Hurricane forced the "if necessary" game with a 4-3, nine-inning win. OU responded from the loss by winning 5-0 to advance to the NCAA Super Regional against eighth-seeded Arizona in Tucson.
OU fired all on all cylinders throughout the weekend, downing the Wildcats in two straight games (6-0 and 5-2) to wins its first Super Regional and return to the WCWS for the first time since 2004. The Sooners fell to No. 1 Arizona State 3-1 in the opening round before being eliminated by Missouri 4-1.

2004 WCWS

2004 WCWSOU faced another daunting task when it learned of its NCAA Regional schedule as it was headed to No. 1 Arizona as the No. 2 seed in the toughest regional in the tournament.
Oklahoma faced the No. 1 Wildcats in the winner's bracket and upset Arizona, 3-2. The top-ranked Wildcats were knocked out by Louisiana-Lafayette in the loser's bracket final. The Rajin' Cajuns, who had to beat the Sooners twice, topped OU in the first game but Oklahoma responded with a 15-0 run rule to advance to its fifth WCWS.

Facing all Pac-10 schools, Oklahoma opened with a win in Oklahoma City by topping Washington, 6-2. That would prove to be OU's lone win at the WCWS as Cal (2-1) and Stanford (3-2) each earned wins to eliminate OU.

2003 WCWS

2003 WCWSDifferent from their first three WCWS appearances, the Sooners had to do it on the road as they were sent to Gainesville, Fla., for the NCAA Regional.
It didn't phase the Sooners as OU swept through the regional with the closest margin of victory being four runs. Oklahoma knocked off Bethune Cookman, South Florida, Texas-Arlington and Oregon State on its way to its fourth consecutive Women's College World Series appearance.

After a 3-1 loss in the opener to Washington, Oklahoma snapped its five-game WCWS losing streak with a 6-3 win in nine innings over Alabama. The Sooners' run came to an end later in the day, however, when they were sent home by Cal, 5-2.

2002 WCWS

2002 WCWSThe Sooners faced a tough task as they hosted top-seeded Texas in the Norman Regional.
Oklahoma opened the regional with victories over Utah and Texas A&M before facing Texas and Olympic pitcher Cat Osterman. The Sooners avenged a loss to the Longhorns in the Big 12 Tournament as they scored four runs and advanced to the regional finals with a 4-1 win.
Texas A&M knocked off Texas again and OU topped the Aggies 4-1 in the final to advance to its third straight Women's College World Series.

The Sooners went 0-2 in Oklahoma City, though. After losing 4-2 to eventual national champion Cal, OU was eliminated with a 2-0 loss to UCLA.

2001 WCWS

2001 WCWSA year after winning the national title and becoming only the second non-west coast team to win a softball national championship, the Sooners were back in the title hunt again.
Once again, OU swept through its home regional after beating Lehigh, North Carolina and No. 12 Washington (twice) to advance to its second straight WCWS.

The Sooners carried the nation's longest winning streak into the World Series, but went 1-2 and were eliminated by LSU in a heartbreaking 2-1, 13-inning game.

2000 WCWS

OU Wins First National Title

2000 WCWSThe Sooners swept through their home regional as they defeated Harvard, Cal State-Northridge and beat Oregon State twice to make their first ever appearance in the World Series.
The Sooner magic continued in Oklahoma City as Oklahoma opened the series with a 2-1 win over California and knocked off Southern Mississippi and perennial powerhouse Arizona to advance to the title game against UCLA.
Using a 3-1 win over the Bruins, OU claimed its first national title in program history.

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