Sophomore Shay Knighten has had her share of big moments but Friday night in Houston was her biggest moment yet. The Buena Park, California native knocked in four runs on four hits while going 4-for-4 from the plate. She also added a stolen base and a run scored to her stat line.
Knighten’s performance helped boost Oklahoma’s offense to 25-run day between their two games. The Sooners posted 14 runs on Incarnate Word earlier in the day, which has to be a little bit of a relief after struggling from the plate in Mexico last weekend.
Knighten’s final RBI helped spark a 3-run seventh inning which ended up being the deciding factor in Oklahoma’s 11-8 win over Ole Miss. The Rebels, who trailed 8-3 after six innings, mounted a rally by scoring five runs in the bottom of the seventh.
The Sooners collected seventeen hits in the game, with Nicole Pendley going yard in the top of the first to get things rolling. Five Oklahoma batters produced multi-hit games led by Knighten’s 4-for-4 performace.
Paige Lowary picked up her second win of the season after entering the game with two away in the fourth. She tossed 2.1 innings allowing three runs off three walks and a hit. She also fanned two batters.
Friday night was the hardest Oklahoma pitchers have been hit this season. The Rebels took advantage of four walks and recorded eleven hits on their way to scoring their eight run performance. It was the second game in a row that Ole Miss had plated eight runs (they won 8-1 over Loyola Marymount last weekend) and they were one run shy of their season best nine runs that came against Pacific on February 11th.