OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s bats have bashed opponents all season.
But Thursday, as the top-seeded Sooners opened the Women’s College World Series against unseeded James Madison at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, a real honest-to-goodness pitcher’s duel broke out.
JMU’s Odicci Alexander kept the Sooners off balance for seven innings, except for one quick burst in the third.
Shannon Saile did the same for Oklahoma, until James Madison’s Kate Gordon drove Saile’s full-count delivery over the left-center field wall with one out in the eighth, lifting the Dukes to a stunning 4-3 upset win in the WCWS opener.
James Madison (40-2) next faces No. 5 seed Oklahoma State in the winner’s bracket Friday at 7 p.m. ET after the Cowgirls squeaked past unseeded Georgia 3-2 in Thursday’s second game.
Oklahoma State and Georgia were the only teams to beat the Sooners this season before James Madison’s stunner.