Oklahoma Softball Weekend Preview | The Houston Classic

Coming off an opening weekend in which they went 5-0, the Sooners are heading south to participate in the Houston Classic. On tap for Oklahoma this weekend will be two matchups against the Cougars and McNeese and then a single game against Texas State.

OU outscored it’s opponents by a combined score of 40-1 last weekend in California. They batted .360 as a team with nine home runs and the 40 runs scored came on 45 hits and 35 RBIs. From the circle they were even more dominant. Sooner hurlers Jordy Bahl, Nicole May and Hope Trautwein exited the weekend with a perfect 0.00 ERA. Bahl was named Wilson/NFCA Division I Pitcher of the Week as well as the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for her performance.

Sophomore Tiare Jennings led Oklahoma’s offense last weekend with home runs while also batting .357 with 7 RBIs and 9 runs scored. She also drew 5 walks and stole two bases on two attempts.

The Sooners will play twice on Friday, twice on Saturday and then once on Sunday. They’ll get started with McNeese at Noon on Friday (SoonerSports.tv) and then Houston at 3:00 (ESPN+). On Saturday they get a second shot at both schools with McNeese (SoonerSports.tv) at 12:30 and the Houston again at 3:00 (ESPN+). Finally on Sunday they’ll conclude the weekend when they play Texas State at 10 in the morning (SoonerSports.tv).

Houston (4-1) is batting .344 after the first weekend and are led by Becca Schulte’s 9 RBI and two home runs (.357 BA). From the circle, Kenna Wilkey leads the pitching staff with a 0.53 ERA and has 13 strikeouts against just two walks. The Sooners played the Cougars three times in 2021 with OU taking the sweep. OU leads the all-time series over Houston 11-1.

McNeese dropped to 5-1 after an 8-4 midweek loss Texas. The Cowgirls are batting .273 with 33 runs scored and one home run. Josie Willingham leads the way with a .471 batting average and Alayis Seneca has produced six RBI. Ashley Vallejo has pitched 20 innings and holds a 1.80 ERA with 14 strikeouts. Oklahoma leads the all-time series 12-2 over McNeese with the last meeting coming on March 5, 2019 in Norman, a 6-1 OU win.

Texas State enters the weekend as the least experienced team in the field. The Bobcats have only played three games and have a 2-1 record. They are hitting .366 as a team with six home runs. Sara Vanderford leads the team with a .500 batting average, while Dani Elder has hit a team best two home runs. Jessica Mullins holds a 1-1 record with 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched to go with a 3.50 ERA. OU holds a 5-1 advantage in the series with the Bobcats and Sunday’s meeting will be the first in 13 seasons.

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