Oklahoma Softball: Sooners leave Hawaii with another Run-Rule win

Jocelyn Alo continues to inspire – not just the young girls of the Hawaiian Islands, but also those of his own dugout canoe.

A day after Alo set the NCAA record for home runs with his 96th career shot, Alo’s Oklahoma teammates threw four long balls against Hawaii in their final game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu. .

The No. 1-ranked OU took their record to 20-0 behind a 9-0 win over Rainbow Wahine.

As two pitchers combined on a 5-inning no-hitter, the formation was fueled by the long pitch.

First-year receiver Sophie Nugent – making his first career start – hammered a two-run shot to center field that gave OU a 3-0 lead in the second inning.

Nugent’s first career home run scored another freshman Jordy Bahl – playing left field on that idyllic day on a sunny island – and came shortly after first baseman Lynnsie Elam ignited the score with a first homer, his third of the season.

OU scored his fourth run via a small ball: Alyssa Brito marketed and robbed second, and scored easily on by Rylie Boone bounce past the first base bag.

It was Alo who made it 5-0 with an RBI single that she smashed into left field to score Boone. Alo is now batting .532 on the season, .647 with runners in scoring position.

Grace Lyon followed that with a towering burst of the net into immediate center field – Lyon’s sixth of the season – which scored Alo and Tiara Jennings. That long ball gave the Sooners an 8-0 lead and extended Lyon’s hitting streak to 17 games.

A batter later, Taylor Snow threw a solo homer just over the wall in left field, his third in 2022, for a 9-0 lead at Oklahoma.

Nicole May (7-0) started in the circle and pitched three scoreless innings. She faced 11 batters, struck out three, walked one and allowed no hits.

Bahl moved from outfield to pitcher to start the fourth inning and continued her dominant season by striking out three straight batters after an early error. She finished with four strikeouts and did not give up a hit or a walk.

The Sooners return to Oklahoma for five games next weekend in the Hall of Fame Classic in Oklahoma City. OU will face Sam Houston State and Indiana on Friday, San Diego and Houston on Saturday, and Iowa on Sunday, before a midweek road trip to Kentucky on March 22.