Oklahoma Sooners

Sooners Break Record With 47-Run Day In The Desert

M. Hofeld

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Oklahoma played nine and a half innings of softball on Saturday and scored 47 runs. In back-to-back run-rule wins over New Mexico and Grand Canyon the second-ranked Sooners remained focused and dominant as they improved to 11-0 on the season and very much look the part of the best offensive team in the nation.

OU produced 33 of the 47 runs in the first game of the day, a 33-4 win over New Mexico, in which they set a program record with 28 hits. The offensive onslaught began with a three-run blast from Tiare Jennings in the bottom of the first inning. The Sooners scored seven runs in each of the first, second and fourth innings, and had a 12-run third inning packed in there as well.

Nicole May improved her season record to 3-0 by pitching the first three innings of the game. She struck out 5 New Mexico batters and was responsible for two runs.

The Sooners bats were a little more subdued in the second game of the day but OU did use a 9-run fifth inning to record Saturday’s second run-rule. Leading 5-0 in the top of the fifth, Oklahoma bombarded GCU with two home runs and two RBI doubles to push the lead to 14-0 in their final at bat.

Jocelyn Alo extended her hitting streak to 25 consecutive games with a 3-for-3 performance from the plate that included a 3-run home run to get the scoring started in that big fifth inning.

Shannon Saile kept the Grand Canyon batters at bay with a dominating performance from the circle. The senior hurler allowed just one hit and struck out six of the thirteen batters she faced. Olivia Rains pitched the final frame for the Sooners, allowing no hits and striking out two batters.

Oklahoma wraps up its time in the desert on Sunday with a morning match up against Portland State. First pitch is slated for 10:00.

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