OKLAHOMA CITY — The last time Oklahoma walked away with a national championship was in 2000. It has been a long 13 years for the program and the Sooner Nation as they waited for their turn to come back around.
The wait ended Tuesday when the Sooners claimed their second national title in school history by defeating Tennessee 4-0 at the Women’s College World Series.
However, when the Sooners made their triumphant walk around the field at Hall of Fame Stadium, they didn’t wave an OU flag. The players hoisted the state flag of Oklahoma and carried it around in front of them to show who they were truly playing for this entire week.
“I think the big thing is they were on a mission to win a national championship,” Olympic Softball Gold Medalist Michele Smith said. “To try and bring some reprieve to the state of Oklahoma, which has been hit hard in the last two weeks. I was here right after Moore for Super Regionals. They had a completely different look than the team I had seen a couple of times earlier in the year.”
The victory came in front of a capacity crowd and new attendance record of 8,527. After going 12 innings late into the night the day before, Oklahoma made quick work of the Volunteers to close out the tournament.
It was something OU fans came from miles around to see.
“I drove up to support the OU team,” Lawton’s Melissa Martinez said. “They have a good program. Girls softball has come a long way. I’m here to support the game of women’s softball.”
The Sooners (57-4) came into the season ranked No. 1 in the nation. They held onto that title for almost the entire year. Tennessee coach Ralph Weekly said OU proved they are deserving of being put in the class as one of the best ever.