NORMAN — Oklahoma swept its Super Regional series and Alabama squeezed past its own to set up a familiar match-up in Oklahoma City.
Another chapter to the Sooners and Crimson Tide's postseason history with each other will be written at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
It's fitting the final game of Day 1 at the Women's College World Series will go to the top-seeded Sooners and Crimson Tide.
OU coach Patty Gasso isn’t too surprised, however, by the development.
“Seems like we always find each other at the World Series somewhere,” Gasso said.
OU has played Alabama six times at the Women’s College World Series, which ties the Crimson Tide for the most World Series meetings vs. the Sooners of any school.
The programs also competed in a Super Regional series in 2015, which Alabama won in three games and marked the last time OU didn't make the World Series.
The Sooners have been back every year since with their current senior class that's helped further a dominant era for Gasso's program.
The first time OU met Alabama at the Women’s College World Series was 2003, when the Sooners won 6-3 in nine innings.
The teams didn't meet again until 2012. Although that time, it was for a national championship.
Gasso’s group beat the Crimson Tide in Game 1 of their 2012 championship series. OU lost the next game 8-6 and then lost 5-4 in a decisive Game 3.
The Sooners opened the 2014 Women’s College World Series with the Tide and lost 6-2. OU soon returned the favor, though, with a 3-0 win over Alabama on Day 1 of the 2016 Women’s College World Series.
OU's 2016 meeting with Alabama marked the Women's College World Series debut for its 2019 senior class, which has won two national titles and was two games away from making the World Series finals last season.
The Tide, on the other hand, haven't been back to Oklahoma City since 2016.
OU's 3-3 record vs. Alabama in the World Series certainly won't be on its mind Thursday.
"We just want a chance to raise a trophy again," Gasso said.
Gasso anticipates a great atmosphere Thursday night with Oklahoma State facing Florida in the game before OU and Alabama in Oklahoma City.
She still expects OU and Alabama’s relationship with one another to heighten the energy at Hall of Fame Stadium.
“I think it'll be a great crowd,” Gasso said. “We have had a history at the World Series. It's going to be a great match-up. So we look forward to it, and I think they do too.”
• Game: OU (54-3) vs. Alabama (57-8)
• Time: 8:30 p.m.
• Place: Hall of Fame Stadium, Oklahoma City
• Radio: KEBC 1560 AM
• TV: ESPN2
Women’s College World Series
ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Game 1: No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 Arizona, 11 a.m., (ESPN)
Game 2: No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 7 Minnesota, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 3: No. 5 Florida vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Game 4: No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Alabama | 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Friday, May 31
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)