With a perfectly-placed bunt single, by freshman Rylie Boone, in the top of the first inning Oklahoma was on base for the first time in 2020. Boone and Jocelyn Alo both scored in the inning, off the bat of Kinzie Hansen and the Sooners never looked back in route to a 9-3 season-opening win over Nevada.
Oklahoma’s nine runs came off of eight hits, resulting in 9 RBI. The Sooners also drew nine walks in the opener but also ended up leaving 12 runner on base, which was an indicator that Patty Gasso’s new lineup still has plenty of room to grow.
After sputtering to four runs through the first five innings, Oklahoma exploded for five scored in the sixth thanks to RBI singles from Hansen (2 RBI) and Grace Green, along with a fielder’s choice from Alycia Flores and a bases-loaded walk from Mackenzie Donihoo.
Boone and Hansen were the only Oklahoma players to record multiple hits (2 each) and Hansen posted a 4 RBI performance to lead the team as the only player with multiple RBI.
From the pitching circle, Shannon Saile picked up the win by going five innings in which she struck out 9 batters and gave up two runs. Brooke Vestal and Macy McAdoo each pitched an inning in relief. Each struck out one batter with Vestal also giving up a run.
The Sooners are back in action on Friday (in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge) against Long Beach. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 pm.
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