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Sooners score 12 in opening frame, run-rule Red Raiders

Mar. 16—In the series opener, it took Oklahoma seven innings before its offense really flexed its muscles. On Saturday, it didn't take long at all.

Jayda Coleman led off the game with a single up the middle of the field and the rest of the Sooners followed her lead. They loaded up the bases to set up an RBI-single by Cydney Sanders and Tiare Jennings drove in two more on a line-drive double to left center field.

A three-run home run by Kasidi Pickering closed out an eight-hit, 12-run first inning for the Sooners. All 12 of those runs came before Texas Tech recorded the first out of the game.

The Red Raiders were able to get two runs across, but the Sooners closed out the game in five innings for a 15-2 run-rule win.

The series final begins at noon on Sunday on ESPN+.

The Sooners have won 36 straight over the Red Raiders.

Here are three takeaways from the Sooners' win:

1. Over from the start

The Sooners first inning was the program's highest-scoring inning since scoring 12 in the fifth inning against Kansas in 2022.

Only two of the team's eight hits were extra-base hits. They had six singles, four that drove in a run, and drew five walks.

The Red Raiders brought in freshman pitcher Mimi Blackledge with the bases loaded and no outs. The Sooners already had a 9-0 lead and scored three more on a walk, a single and Pickering's home run.

Blackledge pitched the rest of the game and didn't allow another run until the fifth inning.

Nine different Sooners registered a hit, but Ella Parker led the way, going three for three at the plate with three RBI. Between the seventh inning of Friday's game and the first inning of Saturday's game, the Sooners had 14 combined hits and scored 20 total runs.

Oklahoma starting pitcher Kierston Deal didn't throw her first pitch in the game until roughly 30 minutes after the game was scheduled to start.

2. Jennings ties school record

Oklahoma's short stop tied the program record for career doubles in the first inning. Jennings now has 58, which ties the record set by Sydney Romero.

The senior captain has five hits in two games against the Red Raiders this weekend with nine RBI, two doubles and two home runs.

3. Deal gives up two home runs

Deal only allowed three hits over three innings, but two of them were home runs. The lefty hadn't given up a home run in 24 innings coming into the game.

Karlie Keeney threw the final 1.2 innings and struck out two of the six batters she faced, allowing no hits and no walks. The Red Raiders were struck out three times and had three hits and never had more than one runner on base at a time.

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