Photo credit Ty Russell, OU Athletics
Jayda Coleman went 3-for-3 from the plate, scoring twice, and the Sooners got timely home runs from Jocelyn Alo and Kinzie Hansen to squeak out a surprisingly tight 5-4 win over Liberty in the first of two games slated for Sunday afternoon.
The Flames put Oklahoma in a hole when Amber Bishop took Sooner ace “G” Juarez deep to right field in the top of the first inning. The Sooners wouldn’t produce a response until the bottom of the second when Coleman and Taylon Snow scored on a single to right field from Jana Johns. An inning later Alo and Hansen both went deep and it appeared as if OU was back on pace for another big win with a 4-1 lead.
The game took a turn towards uncomfortable in the top of the fifth when Liberty plated three runs to even the score at 4-4. It would mark the most runs that Juarez had surrendered all season and would prompt Patty Gasso to turn to the bullpen and bring in Nicole May to throw the final two innings. May would only allow one hit and strike out three batters to keep the Flames off the board through the final six outs to collect her seventh win of the season (7-0).
Coleman set up the Sooners to take back the lead in a dramatic way when she led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple. She would eventually come home on a wild pitch to give OU a 5-4 advantage which would ultimately prove to be the final score.
With one game still left on Sunday afternoon the Sooners have improved to 21-0 on the season.
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