OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (WFXR) — James Madison shocked the college softball world by upsetting top-seed Oklahoma in extra-innings of the Women’s College World Series opener.
The Dukes defeated the Sooners, 4-3, in eight innings after Kate Gordon’s solo shot in the top of the eighth inning broke the 3-3 tie.
Odicci Alexander pitched all eight innings, striking out nine batters and allowing three runs on six hits.
Sara Jubas’ three-run homer in the top of the third opened the scoring before Tiare Jennings hit a three-run shot of her own to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning.
With the win, James Madison became the first unseeded team to win the opening game of the WCWS since 2008. The Dukes are making their first-ever appearance in the WCWS and have only lost twice this season. JMU advances to the winner’s bracket and will face either Georgia or Oklahoma State. while OU faces elimination.