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Oklahoma’s Jocelyn Alo hits 96th career home run to break NCAA softball record

HONOLULU — Oklahoma slugger Jocelyn Alo, playing in her home state for the first time since high school, hit the 96th homer of her legendary career on Friday night to become softball’s all-time leading homer hitter. of the NCAA.

Alo’s record home run came in the sixth inning of the Sooners’ undefeated and top-ranked game against host University of Hawaii in Game 3 of Oklahoma’s Rainbow Wahine Classic.

Alo – whose full name is Jocelyn Aloha Pumehana Alo – grew up about 30 miles north of the Hawaii campus in the small village of Hauula, and about two dozen family members were among the overcrowded crowd for watch her set the record.

The homer, a two-run shot that gave the Sooners a 9-0 lead, came on a 2-1 pitch from Hawaii senior right Ashley Murphy, who entered the game having pitched just 2⅓ innings this season. and over the plate, and Alo crushed it 40 feet above the 200-foot backboard in right-center field.

Alo leapt out of the batter’s box, sure of the ball’s final destination, and ran around the bases throwing the shaka hand gesture and pointing at her family in the crowd. Her teammates harassed her at home plate, and she then stepped out of the canoe for an encore, a lei around her neck, her reaction was both exuberance and relief.

Since tying the record, Alo’s quest has been stalled for eight games as nearly every opposing pitcher has refused to give her anything she can drive. a best NCAA 0.667. The eight games without a homer tied the second-longest streak of his career.

Although Alo never showed frustration as an opponent after the opponent threw around her, the strategy caused consternation among the Sooners, mainly because it seemed to serve no purpose. other than keeping Alo from the record. best offense, is 18-0 this season and has won six of those eight games under the run rule.

When Alo was intentionally walked in the third inning against Cal on Friday afternoon, the crowd – which included Alo’s high school softball team – reacted in anger and disbelief. ‘ and had what seemed like a friendly but pointed conversation with Cal Chelsea coach Spencer.

The Sooners won 11-0 in six innings.

Alo broke the record of another Sooner, Lauren Chamberlain, who expressed her unwavering support for Alo throughout her record run.

“I care about her so much as a person that I can’t help but support her,” she said. “It’s not like she gets broken every year. I’ve had her for seven years and enjoyed every minute. I got a lot out of it, and now Jocelyn deserves it.

Alo, a redshirted “super” senior who took advantage of the extra season granted due to COVID-19, nevertheless hit his 95th homer in 215 games, five fewer than Chamberlain and fewer games than any of the others in the top 10 in She had to wait until game 223 to hit her 96th.

“Honestly, I wish I could have done it sooner so I could get this over with,” Alo said after Oklahoma’s loss to Baylor on Thursday. “But I definitely try to cherish that, and it’s even better that I can do that in front of my home state.”

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