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Sooners Tame Tigers Behind Bahl and Brito

The Sooners traveled to Baton Rouge to take on the 12th ranked Tigers of LSU. Looking to close the gap of their 1-3 record in Baton Rouge the Sooners were looking forward to a hostile environment according to Coach Gasso in Saturday night’s presser. LSU is coming off a series win against Missouri after dropping the opener. The order of the lineup changed once again but the only name change was Jocelyn Erickson at first base. Jordy Bahl got the nod as the starting pitcher for the Sooners against Sydney Berzon for the Tigers. 

The game started with a rare strikeout from Coleman, even rarer is that it was 3 pitches and she was caught looking. Berzon was mixing speeds and locations early, getting soft contact from Lee and Jennings. Conversely, Bahl started with a leadoff walk off Coffey. Getting the lead runner on a fielder’s choice, and back to back strikeouts Bahl came back with a vengeance. After reaching on an error and advancing to 2nd Erickson scored on the single from Hansen to put the Sooners on the board first. Alyssa Brito continues to show up in big games, she smoked a 2 run home run the opposite way and chased Berzon. Raelin Chaffin was the new pitcher for the Tigers, she retired Boone and got out of the inning. Looking sharp again in the 2nd Bahl retired the Tigers in order. In the top of the third the Sooners wasted a leadoff walk from Coleman going in order following the walk. The Sooners weren’t able to get anything working offensively the rest of the game. The strategy of constantly changing pitchers has continued to have some success against the Sooners. It has worked in some limited capacities to keep the Sooners within range but has so far been unproven to work to win a game or series. Getting stronger as the game wore on Jordy Bahl didn’t allow much traffic until the 6th inning. A tough play on a ground ball for Lyons allowed Coffey to reach and catcher’s interference put two on and two out for LSU.  A smash off the bat of Clark, after her 3rd lengthy at bat, went right down the 3rd base line, into Brito’s glove and ended the 6th. In the 7th a diving play up the middle from Lyons wasn’t quite fast enough and the Tigers had the leadoff on for the first time since the 1st inning. The next batter hit into a 6-4-3 double play and Bahl ended it with her 13th strikeout of the night. The Sooners have had inconsistent offensive play as of late but dominant pitching and great defense has made them feel in complete control of games when they aren’t blowing teams out. The last few outings have looked like the Ace of the staff has returned to her full form. Bahl has been nothing short of dominant as of late and it makes this Sooner team look even more difficult to deal with. 

The Sooners stay on the road this weekend and head to Miami of Ohio for a midseason tournament. I do not believe any games will be available via video unless they last minute get Soonersports.tv there. Live stats and radio broadcast only. 

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