Norman — Oklahoma State began its championship defense on Friday night.
Entering the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed, the Sooners comfortably defeated the Prairie View A&M Panthers 14-0 at Marita Hines Field.
with a real freshman Jody Barr Still battling arm soreness, sophomore pitcher Nicole May Take the circle and sparkle.
After four innings, May hit seven batters, no hits and just one walk in front of OU head coaches Patty Gaso Get her out of the game.
With May’s support, Oklahoma’s offense kicked off the game with a bang.
Jada Colemanreturning to the Sooners (50-2) lead, was hit in the hand with a ball that immediately gave OU a threat on the base path.
In the subsequent shot, Jocelyn Allo Fight to a full count and draw a walk.However, Gaso lets Coleman move before the walk, Panthers (20-29) catcher Viviana Figueroa Throwing Coleman to second base unnecessarily. Figueroa missed her target, slipping the ball to midfield and allowing Coleman to steal third.
Gaso keeps going, while Sooners score without sophomore star Thiare Jennings Need to swing the bat.
Alo was instructed for a second steal, but this time Figueroa’s pitch came just in time. Prairie View A&M put Alo in the lurch, and when Alo was flagged out, Coleman went home with a steal to give it a 1-0 lead.
But on the next pitch, Jennings launched a moonshot on the scoreboard to fans gathered behind the Marita Hines field wall in Home Run Village.
OU would have added an extra run if Alo had just kept the lead, but the Sooners were still gleefully up 2-0 by the end of the first inning.
After a quiet second inning, the starting lineup finally ignited the fans at Marita Hines Stadium in the third.
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Coleman started the game on the basis of an infield single before stealing the second.
The extra base was all Alo needed to hit the home run, as the super-senior singled out mid laner to hold Coleman and extend the lead to 3-0.
Lindsay Elam Then came a couple of runs with two outs, launching a hard-hitting bowler on the left field line.
Later in the inning, an alert base run by Elam ended the frame as the catcher sneaked home on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 6-0.
While May was cruising in circles, an earlier offense ensured the game wouldn’t go far in the fourth.
Coleman continues her star outing, driving Tyrone Snow with ordering. The OU center fielder then had the best spot of the game, as Alo unquestionably shot over Coleman into the right outfield stand to extend the lead to 9-0.
Not to be outdone, shortstop Grace Lyons Later in the inning, her own two-pointer exploded.
real freshman Turia Coleman Also in the game, hitting her first career home run and teeing off Hannah Cool and Sophia Nugent Put the cherries on top of the fourth inning of the eighth.
Hope Troutwin Headed into the top of the fifth inning to end the combo no-hitter, adding a pair of strikeouts in the process.
Oklahoma will return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Norman area as Oklahoma meets Texas A&M in the winner’s bracket fight. The winner of the competition will advance to Sunday’s regional finals and will have two chances to earn tickets to next weekend’s Super Regionals.
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