University of Texas Longhorns compete in Women's College World Series
Unseeded Texas is trying to dethrone No. 1 Oklahoma, arguably the greatest team in softball history, in the Women's College World Series finals.
- Yes, but: The Longhorns were crushed 16-1 Wednesday night in the first game of the best-of-three series in Oklahoma City.
The big picture: Offensive-minded Oklahoma is the defending champion, with five titles to its name.
- Texas had never even reached the finals before, but the team did accomplish one of 2022's rarest feats by beating Oklahoma back in April.
- The Sooners had won more than 40 games in a row — it was their first loss in more than 300 days.
The intrigue: Texas has been on a tear ever since it was bounced from the Big 12 tournament, losing to Oklahoma State in a game in which Texas coach Mike White argued a call and showed umps his middle finger.
- He was ejected — and apologized — but the fiery moment grabbed his players' attention.
- "He has our back," Longhorns catcher Mary Iakopo said. "That's what that meant to us."
What they're saying: Now in the World Series, White has told his players they are playing with "house money."
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