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Florida State softball vs. Oklahoma College World Series Championship Game 3 Thread: Thursday, 3:00 PM

Winner claims WCWS national championship

2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship Photo by Shane Bevel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

It’s a winner-take-all Game 3 at the Women’s College World Series.

After splitting the first two games of the Finals, the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles and the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners meet this afternoon with the national title on the line.

Game one went to Florida State. The Seminoles jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and was able to hold off a late charge from the Sooners’ bats to win, 8-4.

They repeated that same early lead formula in game two, scoring twice in the first inning. But unlike game one, the Seminoles weren’t able to add to it and the Sooners made them pay.

After being held to just one run through 5 innings, OU put up a 4-spot on the scoreboard in the sixth and padded the lead with another run in the seventh to win it, 6-2.

The offensive outburst from Oklahoma came just in time to save their season as FSU’s pitchers had held them largely in check through the series first 12 innings — no easy task for a team with the firepower of the Sooners. The go-ahead home run hit by OU’s national player of the year, Jocelyn Alo, gave them the single-season record for home runs.

Now, it all comes down to one game to determine the national champion.

Can Florida State’s pitching staff add another signature performance to close out its tremendous season? Or will Oklahoma’s sluggers cap off their year for the history books on top?

TV: 3:00 p.m. on ESPN.