A busy weekend of softball got off with a bang on Friday. Playing the first two of a four-game weekend, the Sooners combined to score 20 runs against Mercer and #25 Utah.
Things were a bit dicey in the opener against Mercer until a five-run sixth inning proved to be the difference in a 10-5 decision. The Bears jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings but Oklahoma responded with three runs in the bottom of the third to even things up.
After Mercer struck for two more runs in the top of the fifth, Lynnsie Elam helped the Sooners fight back to a tie score with a two-run homer to left field.
Oklahoma then exploded for five more runs in the bottom of the sixth, thanks in part to Nicole Mendes launching her first home run of the season.
Freshman Olivia Rains relieved Macy McAdoo in the circle with one out in the third and completed the game to improve her season record to 2-0.
The Sooners made quick work of #25 Utah in the second game, dropping a 10-2 run-rule decision. Shannon Saile pitched all five innings and was heavily supported by her offense from the start.
Mendes hit her second home run of the day, and season, in the bottom of the first. Her two-run shot to left field helped OU build a 4-0 lead in the opening frame.
Eliyah Flores made it 5-0 with a solo home run in the bottom of the second and the Sooners were rolling.
After the Utes plated a run in the top of the fourth inning, Oklahoma responded with five runs in the bottom half to push their lead to 10-1 and put the run-rule in effect.
Utah was able to plate one more run in the top of the fifth but that wasn’t enough to avoid the mercy rule, paving way for OU’s 18th win of the season to come in a shortened game.
Saile struck out three batters in her five innings of work. Her season record now stands at 7-3.
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