Offense Erupts in 17-3 Win over Hofstra
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Crushing five home runs and scoring 11 runs in one inning, the No. 3/3 Oklahoma softball team run ruled RV/NR Hofstra 17-3 on Saturday morning to close out the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational.
Sophomore Jocelyn Alo hit two home runs in the contest while senior Sydney Romero and freshmen Grace Green and Grace Lyons both had one. The Sooners' (8-1) five home runs against the Pride (0-2) were the most by an OU team in one game since hitting six against Kansas on April 14, 2017.
Overall, 17 runs were Oklahoma's most since scoring 19 against Texas Tech on March 25, 2018.
Alo led the offensive effort, finishing 3-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs. Lyons hit her first career grand slam to tally four RBIs, and she also scored a pair of runs. Green drove in a pair of runs and scored a pair of runs.
Caleigh Clifton and Eliyah Flores both had multi-hit games, each recording two.
Alo and Green put Oklahoma on the board first as they both drilled two-run homers in the top of the first.
Hofstra came within a run in the bottom off the inning off a three-run home run.
The Sooners responded with 11 runs in the top of the second, the most for OU in one inning since scoring 13 in the second against Kansas on April 14, 2018.
With two runners in scoring position, Alo singled up the middle to plate them both. OU then loaded the bases before Nicole Mendes perfectly placed a bunt down the left line, giving Raegan Rogers the space to get home.
Flores was hit by a pitch and Lynnsie Elam walked to bring two more across. Lyons then cleared the bases with a deep shot to left.
After a pop fly, Alo and Romero hit back-to-back solo home runs to center field to seal the breakout inning.
The Sooners added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Freshman Audrie LaValley doubled down the left field line, plating Mendes, and Clifton singled up the middle to score LaValley.
Four Sooners shared time in the circle on Saturday. Mariah Lopez earned the win to move to 5-0 on the season, fanning a pair over 2.0 innings.
Giselle Juarez started the game, allowing three runs on two hits. Parker Conrad and Nicole Mendes both made their first appearances in the circle this year, each registering two strikeouts over 1.0 inning.
Up next, the Sooners face another stout tournament field Feb. 22-24 as they head to Palm Springs, Calif., for the annual Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. OU will face BYU, UCLA, Arizona, Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara at the event.