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Oklahoma Sooners Softball Recap: OU run-rules Baylor, 8-0 with walk-off homer

With Saturday’s win, Oklahoma kept alive its undefeated streak in its last 50 Big 12 series.

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The No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners used a Grace Green walk-off two-run homer to run-rule Baylor, 8-0. With the win, OU improves to 34-2 on the season, including 5-0 in Big 12 play.

The play of the game definitely goes to freshman Grace Green, who blasted this pitch out of the park for the walk-off two-run homer. Saturday’s victory goes down as the 18th run-rule win of the season for Oklahoma, so if you’re keeping track at home, that’s 50% of the games played in 2019.

Saturday was treated as Shay Knighten’s senior night, and she delivered resoundingly with this two-run homer in the bottom of the third.

When asked about what her primary motivation has been during her final season, Knighten said “I’m just trying to have fun. It’s crazy that this is my last season, but (my motivation is) just to go out there and have fun with my teammates and just enjoy the moment that I’m in and not think about what’s in the future.”

As for the game, Mariah Lopez got the start in the circle for the Sooners, and she started out in fire and with a purpose. The first three Lady Bears all went down swinging against Lopez, and the shutout was on.

Going to the bottom of the first, OU quickly loaded the bases after a walk for Fale Aviu, a Caleigh Clifton single up the middle and Shay Knighten reaching first that was assisted by a Baylor error. Then Jocelyn Alo flied out to center, allowing Aviu to cross the plate. Grace Green followed things up with a single just over the reach of the third baseman, bringing home two more Sooners. Nicole Mendes would ground out soon after, leaving the score at 3-0 for the home team going forward.

Lopez kept up her scintillating start as the game progressed, but there’d be nothing going for either team’s bats until the bottom of the third frame, when Clifton logged a lead-off single to left. That’s when Knighten made it count with her two-run dinger, extending the Sooners’ lead to 5-0. Later, Mendes would reach first on another Lady Bears error, and Lynnsie Elam brought her home on a double to right, making it a 6-0 game and forcing Baylor to switch pitchers.

In the fifth, after a lengthy at-bat for Alo, Green stepped up and smacked the first pitch she saw for the walk-off two-run homer. In the end, it was a much needed comfortable win after Friday’s close call.

Up next, Oklahoma and Baylor will play out the final game of the series on Sunday at 12 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

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