Oklahoma Sooners beat Hofstra Pride 11-0
Oklahoma softball started its national title defense in run-rule fashion with an 11-0 win over the Hofstra Pride.
Jayda Coleman reached first on an error, and Tiare Jennings smashed a double to the wall to move Coleman to third. Haley Lee beat out an infield single to drive Coleman in to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
In the bottom of the second, Grace Lyons made it 3-0 with her eighth home run of the season, a two-run bomb to score Kinzie Hansen.
With one out in the third, Lee and Alyssa Brito reached with back-to-back singles before Hansen cleared the bases with a double to make it 5-0.
In the fourth inning, Oklahoma put the game in run-rule territory, plating six in the inning and sending 11 Sooners to the plate to make it 11-0. Jayda Coleman hit her team-leading 15th home run of the season to kickstart the scoring in the frame. Cydney Sanders drew a walk, and Lee reached base for the third time in the game with a walk of her own. Jocelyn Erickson, pinch-running for Sanders, scored on a single by Brito, and Hansen added another pair of RBIs with a single to center to make it 10-0.
Oklahoma got their final run of the game when super senior Grace Green reached on an error, which allowed Hansen to score from second to make it 11-0.
Nicole May dominated from the circle, throwing four innings of one-hit ball. May didn’t walk a batter and struck out five to pick up her 17th win of the season and lower her ERA to 0.58 on the season. Alex Storako closed out the win with
Oklahoma now gets ready for Missouri, who beat California 5-1 in game two of the regional. Leadoff hitter Jenna Laird went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored. Alex Honnold provided the big blast with a three-run home run out of the two-hole
The Sooners and the Tigers will face off at 2 p.m. CT.
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