|OU Softball Tradition | Eight WCWS Appearances||OU Softball Main|
With five straight NCAA regional championships from 2000-04, OU became the first team east of Pac-10 country to make five straight appearances in the Women's College World Series. The Sooners have returned to the pinnacle of college softball again in each of the last three years, and with its title in 2013, the program has become just the fifth in history to win multiple national titles.
Following is a look back at each of Oklahoma's eight trips to the WCWS in Oklahoma City.
|2013 WCWS | Oklahoma Wins Second National Title|
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 | Sooners Finish Second|
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 | OU Returns to Oklahoma City|
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 | OU Makes it Five Straight|
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 | Oklahoma Advances Again|
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 | Sooners Top No. 1 Texas|
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 | Back-to-Back Appearances|
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|
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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