The No. 2/3 Oklahoma softball crew gathered two triumphs over the Houston Cougars Sunday at Cougar Softball Stadium.
OU (6-0) took the principal round of the doubleheader in run-rule design, beating the Cougars 12-4 out of six innings behind a threesome of homers from senior Jocelyn Alo, junior Grace Green and sophomore Mackenzie Donihoo.
The Sooners confronted their first shortage of the period right off the bat in the game, falling behind 3-0 after a three-run grand slam from Houston’s Sarah Queen.
Oklahoma bobbed back with a five-run second inning that saw Green go yard in her first at-bat of the period subsequent to missing OU’s initial end of the week with a physical issue. The Sooners set up five additional runs in the fifth inning before Donihoo’s performance shot in the 6th gave OU the run-rule win.
Alo proceeded with her hot beginning to the year, dispatching her fourth homer of the period on a performance shot to right field in the fourth inning. She completed the principal game 2-for-5 from the plate with three RBIs and one homer.
Donihoo multiplied her grand slam absolute from her green bean season, hitting her second round-traveler of her sophomore mission. The Mustang, Okla., local took advantage of her first beginning at a respectable halfway point of the year, completing an ideal 2-for-2 with her one impact in OU’s first game.
Rookies Jayda Coleman and Tiare Jennings kept on sparkling, with Coleman going 2-for-4 in the crate with two RBIs and Jennings completing 2-for-5 with three RBIs in game one.
Redshirt senior Giselle Juarez took the success in OU’s initial game, striking out four of every four innings, giving up UH’s four sudden spikes in demand for five hits and no strolls. Sophomore Macy McAdoo saw 1.1 innings worth of activity, striking out two and permitting only one hit before redshirt senior Shannon Saile made her 2021 presentation in the 6th, striking out one to complete the game.
Oklahoma won a serious second round of the day, 5-3. The Cougars took the Sooners the full seven innings in the night cap, OU’s first full challenge of the 2021 season in the wake of starting the year with five back to back run-rule triumphs.
OU leaped out to an early lead with a performance shot off the bat of Alo in the highest point of the first. Houston reacted with a two-run third inning to start to lead the pack, plating its two runs off tossing mistakes.
Junior Grace Lyons impacted an approval grand slam in the fifth inning, getting Alo and Coleman to return OU on top, 4-3. Following a performance homer in the lower part of the inning from Houston’s Kati Ray Brown, the Sooners added a protection run in the highest point of the seventh politeness of Green, scoring Lyons on a solitary through the left side.
Alo and Lyons paced the Sooners in the container in game two with Alo completing an ideal 3-for-3 with one RBI and her subsequent grand slam of the day and Lyons going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and one impact.
With two homers on the day and five on the season, Alo brought her vocation grand slam count to 59 and expanded her continuous game hit streak to 20, tracing all the way back to the 2020 season. Lyons drives OU on the season with seven homers, previously dominating her five round travelers in 24 games in 2020.
Rookie Nicole May gathered the triumph in game two with a remarkable 5.1 innings pitched, eight strikeout execution. May permitted one procured run on three hits. Saile came in to close for the subsequent straight game, going 1.2 innings and striking out four to only one hit.
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