Shay Knighten hit a three-run double in the second inning and Oklahoma defended its NCAA softball title with a 5-4 win over Florida on Tuesday night.
Knighten, who hit a three-run homer in the 17th inning to help win Game 1 on Monday, was selected the World Series’ Most Outstanding Player.
The Sooners (61-9) took both games from Florida in the best-of-three series to earn their third NCAA title in five years.
Oklahoma freshman Mariah Lopez (18-1) got the win in relief of Truman High School graduate Paige Parker. Missouri transfer Paige Lowary stepped in and retired Florida in order in the seventh.
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Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill, USA Softball’s National Collegiate Player of the Year, did not play. Florida coach Tim Walton went with No. 3 pitcher Alesia Ocasio (8-2), and she got the loss. Delaney Gourley was solid in relief for the Gators (58-10).
Oklahoma had just one senior in its lineup and has no senior pitchers.