Oklahoma-Florida was expected to be a highly entertaining game. The Sooners are the defending national champions, but the Gators are the No. 1 seed in the tournament. No matter how both of these teams played during the regular season, it doesn’t matter. Game 1 of the final series showed how close these two teams are. The 17-inning, almost six-hour game ended with Oklahoma getting the last laugh, defeating Florida 7-5.
Here are some intriguing numbers that came from the longest game in championship series history.
17: innings played.
496: Combined pitches thrown by two Gators and two Sooners.
21: Combined hits by both teams.
5 hours and 28 minutes: From the first pitch to the final out.
102: Total outs between both teams.
31: Players involved between both teams.
40: Combined strikeouts between the four pitchers.
3: RBIs on Shay Knighten’s homer in the 17th that won it for Oklahoma.
2: Starting pitchers (Kelly Barnhill and Paige Lowary) who re-entered the game.
11:35: Time the game officially ended.
Start time for Game 2 will be at 7:07 CT in Oklahoma City.
Note: The team that wins Game 1 has a 75 percent chance of winning the series. They’ve won 9-of-12 national championships.
Numbers: via ESPN.