Playing its fourth game in two days, Oklahoma Softball’s weekend finale went to the wire…and then some. However, a home run from Jocelyn Alo and two big at bats for Lynnsie Elam helped the Sooners escape the weekend 4-0.
Missouri State plated two runs in the top of the first, on a 2-RBI double from Olivia Krehbiel, to build a lead that wouldn’t go away until the bottom of the fourth. That’s when Jocelyn Alo sent the ball over the fence in right center field for OU’s first score of the day. Three batters later Elam tied it up with a ground out to second that scored Kinzie Hansen.
The score would remain deadlocked through regulation and send the game into an extra inning. That’s when Oklahoma capitalized on two free passes awarded in the bottom half of the eighth.
After a deep shot from Alo fell short in center field, Hansen and Grace Lyons drew back-to-back walks, bringing up Elam who placed one just beyond third base to score Hansen from second and end the game.
Freshman Olivia Rains drew the start and after giving up the two runs in the first battled her way back to a solid performance. She finished with just two hits allowed through five innings and was relieved at the start of the sixth by Shannon Saile. Throwing the final three frames without allowing a hit and striking out six batters, Saile earned the win to improve her season record to 8-3.
The Sooners (20-4) will host the OU Tournament next weekend with Houston, Kent State, and New Mexico State in the tournament field.
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