Twice in Monday's 17-inning, Game 1 thriller of the Women's College World Series, Florida tied the game after being down to its final strike. Oklahoma survived that game and the Gators.

The Sooners held off any more late Gators' heroics in Tuesday's Game 2, winning 5-4 and sweeping Florida for a second consecutive national title.

Golden State and Cleveland?

How about Oklahoma and Florida? No two programs have had a tighter monopoly on a sport, but this year was the first time the two blue-blood schools had met in the championship series of the WCWS at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

The two softball powers have won the previous four national titles and Oklahoma's win on Tuesday night made it five.

The sport finally got the series it had long awaited, and the two programs provided a classic.

For the Sooners, it was a repeat title and third since 2013 for coach Patty Gasso and Oklahoma, who also won the 2000 title. Oklahoma is the fourth team in WCWS history to win back-to-back titles since the series began in 1982.

As for 2017, it's been a banner year at OU. Oklahoma has captured national titles in men and women's gymnastics, men's golf and now, softball -- all in the past 52 days.

Paige Lowary, an all-SEC standout at Missouri in her first two seasons before transferring to Oklahoma, provided the final out in both games, twice squelching the Gators' hopes of a decisive comeback.

The Sooners were down to their own final out in the regional round against Tulsa, entering an elimination game's 10th inning trailing by two. Oklahoma completed that comeback and launched a run to a title, capped by ousting the tournament's No. 1 overall seed.

Monday night's gripping five-hour, 28-minute marathon that required a combined 496 pitches took its toll on the pitching in Game 2. The Sooners and Gators combined for just eight runs in the first 16 innings of Game 1, but Oklahoma's Nicole Mendes smacked a lead-off home run down the left field line to put Oklahoma up 1-0 early.

Gasso pulled starter Paige Parker after she gave up two second-inning runs.

After just three innings in Game 2, Oklahoma led by the 5-4 final score, thanks to a three-run double from Big 12 Player of the Year and WCWS Most Outstanding Player Shay Knighten. Combined with her three-run home run in the 17th inning on Monday night, it was her bat that provided the two most memorable moment of the series.

After Tuesday's final out, Gasso -- whose father passed away in February -- could only stand and sob in the dugout as her team dogpiled atop Lowary on the mound.

Florida and Oklahoma may own the sport, but once again, the Sooners are left standing on the mountaintop.