NORMAN – Playing two mini-games Tuesday night, the Oklahoma softball team rolled over North Central Texas College by a combined score of 31-1 in 10 innings. The teams played four innings in game one, then reset the score to 0-0 before playing innings 5-10.
Sooners hitters combined for 31 hits, while the pitching staff yielded just six hits with 13 strikeouts to overwhelm NCTC.
Seven different OU batters had at least three hits, led by sophomore Fale Aviu who was 5-5 with a pair of homers. Fellow sophomore Lea Wodach was 4-6 with a homer of her own, while senior Macey Hatfield also had four hits.
Freshman Alissa Dalton led the team with seven runs batted in going 3-6, while sophomore Sydney Romero was also 3-6 with five runs driven in of her own.
Freshman Nicole Mendes led the pitchers with a team-high 3.1 innings pitched. She gave up one unearned run in the second inning but did not allow a hit as she struck out one and walked two. Junior Paige Parker was dominant in her 3.0 innings, striking out nine batters with just two hits allowed.
Freshman Mariah Lopez went 2.1 innings in the circle as she struck out four and gave up two hits, while fellow freshman Melanie Olmos struck out one and gave up two hits in 1.1 innings of work.
Romero and Aviu teamed up in the first inning to open the scoring. Romero ripped a two-double to left field, and Aviu followed with a bloop single over the shortstop’s head to give OU the 1-0 lead.
NCTC fought back though to tie the game 1-1 in the top of the second thanks to an OU throwing error.
The tie did not last long though as the Sooners used two home runs to power a seven-run bottom of the second, including a grand slam from Romero and a two-run shot from fellow Wodach. Dalton also drew a bases-loaded walk in the frame, making it 8-1 Oklahoma after two innings.
The home run barrage kept up in the third inning as Dalton launched a three-run homer to deep right-center, while Aviu added a solo shot to give the Sooners a 12-1 lead.
The second mini-game began in the fifth inning with the score set to 0-0.
NCTC got a runner to third in the top of the fifth after a double, but Parker quelled the threat and the Sooners’ bats came through with five runs. Sophomore Kylie Lundberg hit a two-run double, one of three doubles for her in the game, to center field. Parker added a two-run single and Dalton added a run-scoring hit of her own to make it 5-0.
The lead grew to 7-0 after six thanks to Aviu’s second homer of the night and a run-scoring double by Hatfield. It became 9-0 in the seventh when Romero drove in a run with a double and Wodach added a successful squeeze bunt.
Dalton picked up her sixth and seventh RBIs of the night when she drilled a two-run single up the middle and OU added another run later on a run-down between third and home. OU picked up its final six runs in the ninth when sophomore Raegan Rogers homered and later added a two-run double, while junior transfer Hannah Sparks added a two-run double of her own and Hatfield drove in a run with an infield single to make it 19-0.
The Sooners are back in action Monday, Oct. 17, against North Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.