Junior infielder Grace Lyons picked up in the second game on Thursday evening where she had left off in the opener. After going 4-of-5 from the plate, with 5 RBI and three home runs, to lead Oklahoma past UTEP 29-0 in the first game of the season, Lyons blasted a grand slam home run in the opening frame against Abilene Christian to send the Sooners on to another shutout victory on opening day.
After setting an NCAA record with 13 home runs to open the season, Oklahoma only went deep three times against Abilene Christian. Lyons got the offense flowing with a big first inning before Tiare Jennings went deep in the second. Senior Jocelyn Alo capped off the day’s home run derby by sending one out of the park in the bottom of the bottom of the fourth. It was the second homer of the day for Alo and extended her hitting streak to 16 consecutive games.
From the circle freshman Nicole May picked up a win in her first career start by striking out three and allowing just one base runner in four innings of work. Macy McAdoo pitched the fifth and fanned two batters to protect the shutout and complete the run-rule win.
Domination from both the plate and the field capped Oklahoma’s big opening day as they downed both opponents by a combined score of 38-0 to begin their quest for another conference title and Women’s College World Series appearance.
The Sooners are back in action on Friday and will face the same two opponents but in reverse order. OU will play Abilene Christian at 11:00 AM (CT) and then UTEP around 4:00 PM.
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