James Madison falls short of finals appearance as Sooners advance

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James Madison’s Odicci Alexander pitches in the first inning against Oklahoma State in a Women’s College World Series softball game against Oklahoma State, Friday, June 4, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — A memorable and historic Women’s College World Series run came to an end Monday afternoon when James Madison fell to Oklahoma, 7-1, in a winner-take-all contest to decide a national finalist.

The Dukes to the early lead on a solo home run by Kate Gordon in the first inning. But the Sooners came roaring back in the later stages, scoring seven runs over three innings.

JMU pitcher Odicci Alexander walked off the field to a standing ovation by the crowd after pitching 4.2 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out three. It was the first time during the WCWS that she was taken out of the game.

James Madison finishes the season with a 41-4 record and leaves its mark after becoming the first unseeded team in WCWS history to start 2-0. Oklahoma advances to the finals and will face either Florida State. The best-of-three series begins Tuesday night.

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