In Oklahoma’s two games on opening day the offense was slow to get started but that wasn’t the case at all on Saturday morning.
A three-run blast by Shay Knighten in the top of the first got Oklahoma on the board in what would ultimately be a 7-run opening frame. The Sooners would add five more runs over the next two innings to lead 12-0 by the end of the third.
Seven of Oklahoma’s thirteen runs came off homers with Reagan Rogers lifting a three-run blast over the right field fence in the second and freshman Grace Green lobbing a solo shot in the fifth to cap Oklahoma’s scoring, ending the game early on the mercy rule.
As welcome of a sight as OU’s offensive explosion was, the performance of Mariah Lopez in the circle was just as encouraging. Pitching her second consecutive one-hit shutout in as many days, Lopez has now fanned twenty-two batters in twelve innings of work this season.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma scored as many runs, thirteen, in one game on Saturday morning as they did in two games on Friday. OU’s 13 runs against Charlotte came off 13 RBI on 14 hits.
The Sooners are now 3-0 at the GCU Kickoff Tournament and will face Syracuse this afternoon in a rematch of Friday’s 6-0 season-opening win. First pitch is expected around 3:00 CT.