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Oklahoma Sweeps Texas Tech In Lubbock

The Oklahoma softball team swept the Texas Tech Red Raiders over the weekend. Let’s talk about it.

After returning to the No. 1 spot, the Oklahoma Sooners have been red hot. That did not change during their trip to Lubbock.

In the first game of the series, the offense came out firing. OU scored 14 runs, with the offense coming in many different forms. The Sooners hit .387 from the plate, and only struck out once the entire game. Oklahoma’s ability to be willing to take walks was on display, as 13 Sooners were issued free passes to first base.

The long ball played a big role for the Sooners in the first win against Texas Tech. OU hit four home runs, with two coming off the bat of Tiare Jennings, one from Kinzie Hansen, and the final home run from Alynah Torres. Jennings led the way in the series’ opening game after recording a series-high in RBIs with six. It was a rough day at the office for the Red Raider pitching staff.

Tiare Jennings in the game against Louisiana.

Kelly Maxwell continued her spectacular season for OU against Texas Tech. She struck out 10 Red Raiders across six innings, not allowing a run. Her season ERA sits at 1.31. Maxwell’s record is 8-0, and her scoreless streak is at 18 innings. She has been a valuable transfer addition to Patty Gasso’s pitching rotation.

The Oklahoma bats were once again alive in the second game on Saturday. The Sooners hung 15 runs on the Red Raiders, with 12 of them being scored in the very first inning of the game. The team batting average for OU was .542.

Unlike the first game, only one home run came from Kasidi Pickering. Ella Parker had a big day at the plate, as she went 3-4 with three runs scored, a double, and three RBIs. Rylie Boone had a multi-hit game, and Tiare Jennings tied the Oklahoma program record for doubles with one that plated two.

Kierston Deal got the ball in the second game of the series, and she collected her sixth win of the season. She went 3.1 innings, only allowing two runs to score, and gave up three hits. Karlie Keeney pitched the remaining 1.2 innings that OU would need, and struck out two, and didn’t give up a hit during her outing.

Patty Gasso reached a career milestone in the third game on Sunday. She became the first Big 12 coach, regardless of what sport, to reach 400 career wins.

Once again, the Sooners scored double-digits and were able to keep the Red Raider offense at bay. Alyssa Brito led the offensive attack for the crimson and cream, as she went 3-5 from the plate with two runs scored, two home runs, and three RBIs. Tiare Jennings continued her massive series after she launched a three-run home run. She had 12 RBIs on the weekend. Both Avery Hodge and Rylie Boone had multi-hit games to close out their series against Texas Tech.

Nicole May threw a gem for OU. She went six innings, and only allowed one run, and struck out six. She earned her ninth win of the season. Karlie Keeney was called on to close out the game for consecutive days, and did so with two strikeouts and retired the side in order.

Next for the Sooners is a midweek matchup at Love’s Field on Wednesday against the University of Texas At Arlington. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Images courtesy of Willie Gillespie/OU Daily and Aden Choate/OU Daily

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