Just hours after hitting a 3-run home run to give the Oklahoma Sooners a 7-5 win in the longest game in WCWS championship round history, Big 12 Player of the Year Shay Knighten drove in three more in a four-run second inning that propelled OU to a 5-4 victory over Florida on this day four years ago.
It was OU's second consecutive national championship at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The Sooners, which won the program’s fourth softball championship, needed Knighten and others to overcome a Florida team that won two of the last three national titles.
OU has not won the national championship since, but was the runner-up in 2019 and also made the WCWS in 2018 and 2021. There was no softball season in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns.
See photos from the 2017 championship game below: