OU Opens Fall with 11-0 Victory

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Karl Anderson
By Karl Anderson
Assistant Director of Communications
SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

NORMAN -- The defending champion Oklahoma softball team returned to the field for the first time since winning its third national title in June, dominating Temple College, 11-0, Friday night at the team's annual Fall Festival.

OU scored in six of seven innings Friday, and sophomore Fale Aviu got things started when she hit an RBI double in the first inning.

Freshman Alissa Dalton walked in her first collegiate at-bat in the second inning before moving into scoring position and coming around to score on junior Paige Parker's run-scoring single.

Sophomore Sydney Romero kept up the pressure when she led off the third with a solo homer, while junior Lea Wodach drove in Aviu later in the frame with a double to push the lead to 4-0.

After a scoreless fourth inning, OU had its best inning of the game with a three-run outburst.

Wodach was hit by a pitch before Dalton singled and junior transfer Hannah Sparks walked to fill the bases. Sophomore Kylie Lundberg hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Wodach, while Dalton and Sparks both came around to score later in the frame on a hit by junior Kelsey Arnold and a Temple error.

Fielders' choices from Dalton and Lundberg extended the lead to 9-0 after six innings, before Oklahoma tacked one two more runs in the seventh.

Arnold reached on a one-out error, setting the stage for sophomore Caleigh Clifton to launch a two-run homer to close out the scoring for the Sooners.

Oklahoma's pitching staff allowed just one hit to Temple, while striking out six. The Sooners faced the minimum through four innings before the Leopards got their first hit in the fifth. That marked the only inning where the Sooners did not retire Temple in order.

OU closes out the weekend with two more games Saturday. The Sooners face Seminole State at 1:30 p.m. before playing Northern Oklahoma College at 3:45 p.m.

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