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Northwestern softball falls to Oklahoma in Game 1 of Women's College World Series

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OKLAHOMA CITY (CBS) -- The Northwestern Wildcats women's softball team is back on the national stage.

For the 'Cats, it's their first appearance in the Women's College World Series since 2007. And they certainly didn't get to ease into the action in Oklahoma City.

First up, the defending national champion Sooners in a virtual home game for them. The Women's College World Series just about a 30 minute drive for the Sooners. A little longer for the Cats fans who made the trip.

They'd have something to cheer about early. Big Ten player of the year Rachel Lewis blasts her program record tying 23rd home run of the year.

But the Sooners flexed their muscles after that. Tiare Jennings had the first of two grand slams in the game for OU. The Sooners have run ruled their opponent 39 of 57 games this season. 

The final score was 13-2 in five innings. Northwestern will play UCLA on Friday.

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