For the first time Oklahoma pitcher Mariah Lopez looked vulnerable. The Red Raiders got to her for three runs in the second, resulting in Patty Gasso going to the bullpen early for Shannon Saile. The result was spectacular as Saile shutdown Texas Tech for the remainder of the afternoon while the Sooners offense exploded with four home runs.
Freshman Grace Green left the park twice on the afternoon, finishing her day with two runs scored, and three RBI, on a 3-for-4 performance from the plate.
Sydney Romero and Nicole Mendes also hit home runs as Oklahoma posted 8 total runs off 11 hits.
The Sooners got on the board in the bottom of the second inning when Mendes sent a two-run blast out of the park to make it a 2-0 game. Romero duplicated the feat a few batters later to double Oklahoma’s lead by the end of the second frame.
What appeared to be an early rout turned into a bit of an uncomfortable lead as the Red Raiders closed to withing 4-3 in the bottom of the second. That’s when Gasso went to Saile to right the ship. The transfer pitcher was stellar in shutting out Tech the rest of the day, limiting the Red Raiders to just two hits and striking out nine batters over the final 5.1 innings to pick up the win.
Green hit her first home run of the day in the top of the third to make things a little more comfortable for Oklahoma at a 5-3 lead.
Caleigh Clifton scored Sydney Romero with a single in the fourth. Romero came home again in the sixth, off the bat of Fale Aviu, to score her third run of the day.
With Oklahoma seemingly in control heading to the top of the seventh, Green drove her second ball out of the park to put the final nail in the coffin of an entertaining 8-3 win.
The second-ranked Sooners will look to sweep #14/12 Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon with the first pitch set for Noon.