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Kelly Maxwell dazzles, Tiare Jennings hits two home runs in Sooners win over Texas Tech

The No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners traveled to Lubbock, Texas, to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders. OU took the first of three games 14-0.

Kelly Maxwell threw six innings, striking out 10, allowing two hits and four walks to move to 8-0 on the season, and Tiare Jennings led the way with two home runs and six RBIs.

Oklahoma got the scoring going in the top of the first. After Ella Parker stole second, Jennings brought her home on an RBI double to put Oklahoma up 1-0.

In the second inning, Kinzie Hansen hit her seventh home run of the season to put Oklahoma up 2-0.

In the third innings, the Sooners put up three runs on a pair of walks from Jayda Coleman and Cydney Sanders and the first of Jennings’ two home runs to give the Sooners a commanding 5-0 lead.

Oklahoma added another run in the fourth to make it 6-0.

Maxwell cruised throughout the game until running into a bit of trouble in the sixth inning. She allowed a leadoff walk, then hit the next Texas Tech batter before issuing another walk to load the bases. The veteran star then showed incredible poise, striking out the next three Red Raider hitters to keep the game scoreless through six.

Then in the top of the seventh, the Sooners lineup put an exclamation point on the evening with an eight-run inning to leave no doubt.

Alyssa Brito led off the inning with a single and then Tiare Jennings launched her second home run of the game to put OU up 8-0. Riley Ludlam walked and then with one out, so did Alynah Torres. Singles by Rylie Boone and Jayda Coleman and a Cydney Sanders fielder’s choice tacked on three more runs before Maya Bland doubled to bring in two more and make the score 13-0. Jennings and Ludlam walked to load the bases for Quincee Lilio who also walked to score Bland and make it 14-0 Oklahoma.

Peytn Monticelli came in to pitch a scoreless seventh, striking out two and hitting a batter to close out the game.

The Sooners moved to 25-1 on the season and 4-0 in Big 12 play.

Tiare Jennings led the way at the plate with a 3-for-3 day with two home runs, six RBIs, a double, and two walks. She retook the team RBI lead and now sits with nine home runs and 31 RBIs on the season. Jennings’ batting average is now up to .423.

Cydney Sanders, who had been red hot in the month of March, didn’t record a hit in the game, but walked four times had an RBI and scored a run. Jayda Coleman was 2-for-4 and reached base on a walk.

Over her last three starts, Kelly Maxwell is 3-0 and hasn’t allowed a run while recording 25 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched.

It was a strong performance to set the stage for the weekend on a cool night in Lubbock. The Sooners will take the field Saturday at 1 p.m. CT against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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