Former Hawaii HS softball star Alo ready for second World Series with Oklahoma
It's back to the Women's College World Series for Hawaii's Jocelyn Alo this week. The two time state softball player of the year out of Campbell carried her success into her freshman year at Oklahoma but her sophomore year has had a slightly different tune. The saying goes you don't know what you have until you don't have it anymore.
It's back to the Women's College World Series for Hawaii's Jocelyn Alo this week. The two time state softball player of the year out of Campbell carried her success into her freshman year at Oklahoma but her sophomore year has had a slightly different tune.
The saying goes you don't know what you have until you don't have it anymore. Alo the unquestioned star on the diamond here in Hawaii and then the Big-12 Freshman of the Year at Oklahoma. When things weren't going well for maybe the first time in her entire softball career, it was a learning experience she'll take with her the rest of her career.
As a freshman Alo put the BOOM in Boomer Sooner. A record breaking season to start her college career with 30 home runs to tie for the most by any freshman in division one history also tieing the Oklahoma record as well as Big 12 record. With that kind of success came high expectations coming into the 2019 season.
"I just did not feel myself at the plate. It showed with the swings I was taking," Alo said.
The Hauula native felt the pressure from outside and within.
"I quickly learned that is not going to get you anywhere. Just need to keep moving forward and I got stuck a little bit trying to hit 30 home runs again," Alo said.
In mid April with her team on a 25 game win streak, Alo's head coach Patty Gasso decided to not just pull her star sophomore from the staring line up but for three games took her completely away from the sport.
"Didn't even watch softball, taking a step back," Alo said.
That decision changed the season for this reigning first team all american. Batting average shooting back up to nearly .400 and against Northwestern this past Saturday, it was Jocelyn Alo that helped her team say ALOHA to the College World Series. Two big RBIS and for the 2nd time she is going to be headed back to Oklahoma City with her family by her side.
"You're at the Hall of Fame Stadium, 10 times, 100 times more seating. It's crazy hearing everyone cheering for you," Alo said.
"So amazed to be here, I don't know what to say," Grandma Nita Petrie said.