No 3-peat: Sooners knocked out of WCWS by Huskies
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma came through under pressure so often in recent years at the Women's College World Series.
The Sooners' moment never came on Sunday.
Taran Alvelo shut out the two-time defending national champions and Washington eliminated Oklahoma from the Women's College World Series with a 3-0 victory.
Oklahoma entered the World Series as the nation's highest-scoring team, but Washington shut out the Sooners twice in a four-day span. Oklahoma (57-5) was trying to join UCLA as the only programs to win three straight titles.
"I think Washington is an outstanding team, and they beat us twice, flat-out beat us," Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso said. "They earned everything that they got. No doubt, no doubt."
Julia DePonte had three hits and two RBIs. The Huskies (52-8) will try to win their second national title starting Monday, when they play UCLA or Florida State in the best-of-three championship series. Washington won the title in 2009.
Washington's pitching is set up for the championship series. Its ace, freshman Gabby Plain, hasn't pitched since Friday and is well rested.
Alvelo was Washington's ace until she suffered a stress fracture in her ribs earlier this season. Tarr didn't hesitate to start Alvelo against the Sooners, despite Plain starting Washington's first two World Series wins.