Texas Longhorns Softball will previously take on archrival Oklahoma in the WCWS final

In an outcome that felt preordained from the start of the softball playoffs, No. 1 Texas will face No. 2 Oklahoma in the Women’s College World Series Championship Finals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The first pitch for the highly anticipated match is on Wednesday, June 5, kicking off a potential three-match series between the two superpowers, ranging from fifth to seventh.

Texas was the first of two foes to qualify for the finals after a clinical shutout run by the No. 1 seed side of the bracket. Texas gave up no points in their three games against Florida and Stanford twice, outscoring opponents 15-0. The Longhorns are backed by the dynamic duo of junior Mac Morgan and freshman Teagan Kavan, two of the nation’s best pitchers so far this postseason. Kavan and Morgan have combined for 19 innings of scoreless softball this World Series, striking out twenty batters while giving up only seven hits and five walks.

Texas pitcher Teagan Kavan (17) celebrates after an inning during a Women's College World Series semifinal softball game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Texas Longhorns at Devon Park in Oklahoma City, Monday, June 3, 2024. Texas won 1-0 .

Texas pitcher Teagan Kavan (17) celebrates after an inning during a Women’s College World Series semifinal softball game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Texas Longhorns at Devon Park in Oklahoma City, Monday, June 3, 2024. Texas won 1-0 . / Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman / USA TODAY

Oklahoma’s road to the finals was a little tougher than the Horns’. Oklahoma’s second game against UCLA was similar to the Longhorns’ second game against Stanford, with the winner scoring just one run in a 1-0 pitchers’ duel. With the higher seed, Oklahoma’s next opponent Florida had to win twice to qualify for the finals. Florida came to play and handily defeated the Sooners 9-3 in the first game of the matchup. When the second game arrived, Florida felt like it was on the brink of something special: beating the best program and coach in softball history to advance to the finals.

Oklahoma trailed for most of the second game and Florida held the lead until the bottom of the sixth inning. Oklahoma’s Ella Parker’s clutch hitting tied the game, and two innings later, OU legend Jayda Coleman walked a home run in the bottom of the eighth. The Red River Softball movie couldn’t have asked for a better prequel.

The Longhorns and Sooners obviously know each other well. Just two years ago, the same game saw Oklahoma win the 2022 WCWS after destroying Texas in straight games. But the Longhorns team is new and improved from 2022, and actually had the upper hand in the regular season.

In an early April series, the Longhorns held on in Austin and handed the Sooners one of their only two series losses. However, Oklahoma ultimately had the last laugh, defeating the Longhorns in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Softball Championship. Texas got its series win, Oklahoma got its Big 12 Championship and now both teams are competing for the WCWS championship.