Photo credit Joshua Gateley OU Athletics
Oklahoma Softball ran the gauntlet of emotions during Sunday’s double header against Liberty. After Liberty pushed the Sooners to their closest win of the season in Game 1 OU bounced back to its typical run-rule fashion, that features explosive offense and powerful pitching, for a 16-0 route in Game 2. From the nervous feeling that comes with sneaking out a close win to the elation of crushing an opponent under your feet, Oklahoma was all over the place on Sunday.
The high point for the Sooners offensively came in the second inning of Game 2 when they blasted their way to 10 runs scored in the frame. The 10 runs in the inning came off 8 hits as Oklahoma sent a total of 13 batters to the plate while Liberty used two different pitchers to try and get out of the inning.
Seven of the scores in the second inning were the result of four Oklahoma home runs. The Sooners had one stretch where Jocelyn Alo, Grace Lyons, and Kinzie Hansen all left the yard back-to-back-to-back. That sequence played five total runs for Oklahoma and staggered the Flames. Tiare Jennings provided the fourth home run of the inning with a shot that exited the park over the left field wall that made the score 12-0 after just the second frame.
Oklahoma added four more runs in the bottom of the third to produce the 16-0 final. It was more than enough offense for the Sooners considering the pitching staff kept Liberty off the board throughout with a collective 1-hit/shutout performance. Nicole May picked up the win to improve her record to 8-0 on the year.
Hansen would end up going yard again in the third. She ended the game with two home runs on two hits that produced 3 RBI.
The Sooners are stepping out of collegiate play this weekend to host team Mexico for a three-game series that begins on Friday.