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Three Homers Lift OU to Run-Rule Win over BYU

Andie Beene
By Andie Beene
Assistant Director of Communications
4/5 Oklahoma

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Shay Knighten, Jocelyn Alo and Caleigh Clifton all homered as the No. 4 Oklahoma softball team run-ruled BYU 10-0 on Friday night in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams Sports Park.

Alo's blast was her third of the weekend and fifth of the season while Knighten and Clifton both produced their first home runs of the year.

Knighten and Clifton were both 2-for-3 at the plate with four RBI, while Alo and Sydney Romero each had a 2-for-4 showing with one RBI.

Oklahoma moved to 8-1 on the season while BYU fell to 4-9. The win, which came in six innings, was OU's second run-rule victory of the year. The first came against Grand Canyon on Feb. 10, also 10-0.

The Sooners opened scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Lead-off hitter Jocelyn Alo reached on an error, and Romero followed with a single up the middle. Knighten then blasted a three-run home run to left center to give OU the 3-0 lead.

OU doubled its advantage in the next frame. Alo drilled her third home run of the weekend, a solo moon shot to left field, before Romero doubled down the left field line. Knighten plated Romero with a single and advanced on the throw before moving to third on a Fale Aviu foul out. Then Clifton drove Knighten home with a perfectly-placed single to center field.

In the third inning, OU added a run from Lynnsie Elam. The freshman led off the frame with a single to left center and moved to third as Nicole Mendes grounded out and Alo reached on another error. Romero drove in Elam on a fielder’s choice.

Clifton sealed the win in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the sixth. Knighten reached on a walk, Aviu singled up the middle and Clifton homered to center field to claim the 10-0 win.

Parker Conrad made her first start in the circle as a Sooner, allowing one hit over 2.0 innings. She combined with Nicole Mendes (2.1 innings) and Paige Lowary (1.2 innings) for the shutout. Mendes was credited with her first win of the season, and the shutout was OU's fifth of the year.

The Sooners will conclude the Mary Nutter Classic on Saturday with contests against North Carolina (11:30 a.m. CT) and No. 13 Arizona (2 p.m. CT).

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