No. 1 OU regroups, eliminates UCLA at WCWS

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — It doesn’t happen often, but Oklahoma has shown that it knows how to bounce back from defeat.

Each time the top-ranked Sooners have lost this season — only three times in all — they’ve gone one to defeat their next opponent so thoroughly that the game has ended early via the NCAA run rule.

Such was the case on Monday during the semifinal round of the Women’s College World Series after Oklahoma suffered only its third loss of the season — a 7-3 defeat to UCLA that set up an elimination game later in the afternoon.

Less than three hours later, Jocelyn Alo slugged a pair of home runs, Hope Trautwein delivered a masterful performance in the pitching circle and the Sooners demolished the Bruins, 15-0, in five innings to advance to the finals.

It was the largest win by a team in WCWS history.

Oklahoma, which improved to 57-3, will face the winner of Oklahoma State-Texas on Wednesday.

The Cowgirls and Longhorns were the only two teams to beat the Sooners this season prior to Monday.

In April, Oklahoma followed up its first loss of the season to Texas with a 10-0 win over North Texas.

Last month, during the NCAA regionals, the Sooners bounced back from a loss to Oklahoma State by pummeling Prairie View A&M, 14-0.

Alo, who set the career home run record earlier this season, clubbed two more homers against UCLA, including a bases-loaded shot in the fifth inning. Her seven RBI match a single-game WCWS record.

Alo helped drive in an eighth run when she singled and Jayda Coleman scored on a fielding error.

Trautwein didn’t need nearly as much run support as she got. The former North Texas transfer gave up only two hits and struck out six during the complete-game performance.

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