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Sanders hits three home runs, Sooners get two wins over ISU

Mar. 9—Oklahoma first baseman Cydney Sanders had runners on first and second with two outs in her first appearance at the plate Saturday.

After taking a strike, she swung on the second pitch, but it was tracked down by the right fielder to end the inning. She got her second opportunity in the fourth.

Once again, there were runners on first and second. Sanders drove a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right center field to give the Sooners a 4-0 lead.

It was exactly what the Sooners needed after a slow start against Iowa State in the conference opener, but it did little to help their offensive momentum.

Oklahoma leaned on starter Kelly Maxwell, who pitched a complete game in a 4-0 shutout win in the first of Saturday's doubleheader.

Maxwell allowed just four hits and struck out eight batters with three walks. She struck out six of the first 10 batters she faced and didn't give up a hit until the fourth inning.

The Cyclones threatened to mount a comeback early in the fifth with a leadoff double followed by a walk. Each of the next two batters faced full counts, but Maxwell got them out in 13 pitches combined.

The Sooners had five hits and only two extra-base hits.

Alyssa Brito scored the team's first run in the third inning on a single into right field. No Sooners had more than one hit, but they drew five walks.

Still, they were 2-12 at the plate with runners on base and 2-9 with runners in scoring position.

Sanders drew a walk in her final at-bat of the game, but she wasn't done there.

In the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, Sanders hit two more home runs and was a perfect 2-2 at the plate.

Oklahoma gave up two runs in the first inning before answering in the bottom of the inning with five runs. Brito scored Kasidi Pickering on a double to right field and freshman Ella Parker scored Brito with a double to left field.

Jayda Coleman and Sanders closed out the scoring with back-to-back home runs.

After giving up two early runs, Nicole May only allowed two more over the three innings without giving up a run.

The Sooners scored runs in the second and third before adding four more in the fourth to set up an 11-2 run-rule win.

They hit four total home runs and had 10 hits. Brito, Parker, Coleman and Sanders each had two hits and four different Sooners had an extra-base hit.

Sanders is now up to seven home runs on the season and has had at least one in four of the last five games. She's just two home runs shy of matching last year's season total.

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The Sooners and Cyclones close out their three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Tarik Masri is the sports editor for The Transcript covering OU athletics and area sports. You can reach him by emailing tarik@normantranscript.com