LUBBOCK, Texas – Nr. 1 Oklahoma dominated the series sweep over Texas Tech, winning 21-0 in five innings.
With the win, Oklahoma set the record for best start in Division I softball history at 36-0, which broke with the 2017 Oregons and 1999 UCLAs 35-0 start.
In the circle, jugs Jordy Bahl and Nicole May combined on OU’s sixth no-hitter of the season, while the Sooner bats blew a season-high seven homeruns.
The Sooners (36-0, 6-0 Big 12) did not allow Texas Tech (19-19, 2-7) to score a run over the weekend and surpassed the Red Raiders 43-0 in 15 innings. The offense hit 17 homeruns to bring the OU’s season total to 100.
The 21 runs were a season high for the Sooners, who set up runs in each of the five innings they went to the plate.
In the first, junior Kinzie Hansen and senior Grace Lyons blew homers into successive slaughterhouses as the game’s third and fourth battles. Junior Rylie Boone and other students Alyssa Brito contributed RBI doubles to the first round with six runs for the Sooners.
In the second inning, OU stood with seven runs on six hits and one Tech foul, including three homeruns. Following a 2-RBI single from Boone, senior Jana Johns and Brito went back-to-back to OU’s second inning in a row of homers in a row. Alo brought another pair on a deep shot to center, her first round-tripper in the game.
Freshman Turiya Coleman recorded his second inning of the season in the third inning. Pinch hitter brought Lyons in on an RBI groundout for OU’s only run of the third.
In the fourth, first-year student Sophia Nugent laced an RBI double to the left before an RBI groundout from Lyons scored OU’s second of two runs in the frame.
The Sooners went yard two more times at the top of the fifth to place the OU above the 20-run mark for the second time in 2022.
After the team filled the bases on a couple of walks and a Boone double, a second time Tiare Jennings ripped her third career grand slam to four more. After Jennings was the NCAA’s all-time homerun leader, Alo, who hit career No. 109 and her NCAA-leading 20th of the season on a laser to left center. It was OU’s third time in the match with homers in consecutive stroke play as well as team-homerun No. 100. It marked Alos 13th multi-homer match in her career.
May ended the match with a strikeout in the fifth, her second in the match. May went 2.1 innings of the no-hitter and went once, while Bahl went 2.2 to cash in on his 16th win of the season, knocking out three. The two also came together on Sooner’s 21st shutout of the season and fifth in a row.
On the record, 10 Sooners recorded a hit in the competition, including every starter. The Six Sooners had a multi-hit game, while a trio had three hits. Nine brought at least one race with seven batting in two-plus.
Jennings and Alo each went 3-for-4 in the competition, with Jennings bringing four runs into his grand slam and Alo hitting three on the day. Boone got a perfect 3-for-3 with a trio of RBIs too.
Lyons continued his tear on the plate with his eighth run in his last seven games in a 2-to-4, two RBI shows. Shortstop has 17 on the season for second-best on the team. Hansen blew up his sixth home run of the season and number two in just as many games after not having homering since Feb. 26. Johns also homered for the first time since Feb. 26 against Tennessee for his eighth of the year, while Brito launched his seventh.
Next, No. 1 OU No. 19/19 Texas meets in Austin, 14-16. April. The teams play Thursday and Friday at 18.00 CT before a final at. 13.00 Saturday. All three games can be viewed on the Longhorn Network and heard via 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma and nationwide on The Varsity app.
NOTES AND NUMBERS
• Oklahoma set the record for best start in Division I softball history at 36-0, breaking the 1999 UCLA 35-0 start.
• OU has won 30 of its 36 matches by run rule.
• The team’s 38-game winning streak that goes back to the WCWS Championship Series is just like the fourth best in NCAA Division I history. OU is a shy to equalize its 2020-21 winning streak of 39 games and three cards from the longest winning streak in the program history of 41 games, set in 2019 (2nd in NCAA DI history). 1996-97 Arizona held the longest with 47 games.
• The Sooners have hit an NCAA-top 100 homeruns this season to go with a 0.392 team stroke average.
• OU has surpassed opponents 354-27 this year, with only 17 of the opponent’s runs earned.
The Pitching staff sets the nation in motion with an ERA of 0.60, led by Hope Trautwein’s NCAA-leading 0.12. Trautwein and Bahl each have over 100 strikeouts a year with Bahl K’ing 138 to Trautweins 104. The staff has four no-hitters and two perfect matches of the season.
• This year’s six no-hitters are draws on most in a single season in program history, and match the 2013, 2015 and 2019 brand.
• Oklahoma has hit homers in 30 of its 36 competitions, including two or more in 26 games, three-plus in 20 games, four-plus in 14 games, five-plus five times, six or more in four games and seven once .
• The team has beaten two-plus homeruns in one inning 22 times, three in one inning three times and four in one inning once. They have hit back-to-back home runs nine times a year.
• 16 times this season, a Sooner has hit two or more homers in one match. Jocelyn Alo leads with five games on 2+ HR, while Tiare Jennings has performed the farm four times. Grace Lyons, Alyssa Brito and Lynnsie Elam have done it twice and Jana Johns once. Alo, Elam and Lyons each have a game with three homers per.
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