Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Oklahoma Softball won by way of a shutout run-rule on Friday. The latest victim of the Sooners was New Mexico who succumbed to OU in six innings.
The Sooners got on the board for the first time in the second inning when Nicole Mendes drove in Raylee Pogue with a double to left field. Mendes would go ahead and score as well in the inning off the bat of Taylon Snow.
Two innings later Jana Johns extended the lead to 3-0 with a solo home run to center field. Jayda Coleman would also go yard in the fourth with a 2-run blast to right field, extending the lead to 5-0.
A pair of RBI singles and an RBI double in the sixth put the run-rule in play for Oklahoma. First it was Snow bringing in her second run of the day on a single up the middle that scored Johns. Then Tiare Jennings doubled to right field to score Snow. The final run came home off the bat of Jocelyn Alo who drove in Coleman with a single up the middle.
Coleman, Alo, Johns, and Snow each recorded two hits on the day with Coleman and Snow also recording 2 RBI each. The Sooners scored their 8 runs off 11 hits.
From the circle it was a combined not hit performance for Oklahoma’s pitchers. Shannon Saile improved her season record to 2-0 by throwing three innings, allowing no hits and striking out six New Mexico batters. Olivia Rains continued the no hitter by tossing the next two innings, and striking out three. Finally it was up to “G” Juarez to complete the no hitter. The Sooner ace pitched the sixth without allowing a hit and striking out one.
Oklahoma will wrap up it’s Friday in Tempe, Arizona by playing Arizona State this evening. First pitch in that game is slated for 5:00.
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