Who: Northwestern When: Sunday at 12 p.m. CT Live Stats: Click Here Where: Tempe, Ariz. What's at Stake: The Sooners look to close out the weekend with a perfect 5-0 mark. The Wildcats of Northwestern stand in their way
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A four-run first inning was all the support the Oklahoma pitching staff needed in Saturday afternoon's 11-1, five-inning win over New Mexico at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
Senior Michelle Gascoigne, freshman Taylor Dewbery and sophomore Georgia Casey combined to give up just three hits and one run while recording 10 strikeouts for Oklahoma (4-0) against the Lobos (0-5).
Gascoigne was dominant as six of her seven outs came via strikeout. She gave way to Dewbery who was making her Sooners debut.
A native of McAlester, Okla., Dewbery pitched 1.2 innings and struck out three batters while giving up two hits and one run to earn the first win of her career.
She was replaced in the fifth inning by Georgia Casey, who was making her pitching debut for OU. The Australian right-hander struck out one and gave up one hit as she closed out the game.
"I though Michelle came out and set a great tone on the mound," Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso said. "It gave me an opportunity to give a lot of people reps. Getting Taylor and Georgia on the mound was important sometime this weekend, and Michelle really helped us have that chance."
Matching the strong pitching was yet another strong offensive effort. The Sooners, who scored at least 11 runs for the third game in a row, were aided by a pair of four-run innings against the Lobos.
Lauren Chamberlain was hit by a pitch to lead off the game and then stole second. Casey drove her in with a solid double then came home on an RBI single by Jessica Shults. After a fielder's choice, Shelby Pendley hit her third home run of the season to put OU up 4-0 after one inning.
The Sooners tacked on two more runs in the following inning.
Callie Parsons walked and took second on a passed ball. She advanced to third on a single by Chamberlain and came home to score on a squeeze bunt by Casey. Shults collected another RBI single to make it 6-0 in favor of OU.
"We're starting to do the little things better, like sacrifice bunts," Gasso said. "The squeeze plays were effective, so our offense keeps you guessing. You don't know what we'll be doing or what will be coming at you at any time."
Brittany Williams hit her second home run of the season when she sent a solo shot to right field to lead off the third.
New Mexico got on the board in the fourth inning, but Oklahoma responded with four more runs in the bottom of the frame thanks to patience at the plate.
With two outs and two on, Williams walked to load the bases. Brianna Turang drove in a run with an infield single. The next three hitters, Kelley Reeves, Parsons and Chamberlain then all drew bases-loaded walks to score three more runs for the Sooners.
With one game left on the weekend schedule, Coach Gasso wants to see improved play from her defense.
"We're better than what we're showing," she said. "I want to see the defense step up and make some big plays. I would just like to see, that when these guys get their opportunities, that they take advantage of it.
"They've been doing a pretty good job, and we just need to continue to improve on our game. That's all I can ask."
Oklahoma closes out play at the Kajikawa Classic Sunday afternoon against Northwestern. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT.
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