NORMAN — Oklahoma’s offense was missing for most of the afternoon Tuesday. The Sooners squeezed out a 3-0 victory over Wichita State in the first game of a doubleheader and were scoreless in the second inning of the nightcap when the Shockers finally struck, taking a 1-0 lead.
It was just the jolt the Sooners needed.
Thirteenth-ranked OU came to the plate in the bottom half of the inning and responded immediately, with Leslie Miller and Macey Hatfield reaching base and setting the stage for Javen Henson, who blew open the game with a deep home run over left field to put the Sooners on top 3-1.
That opened the floodgates, and OU cruised to the 9-1, five-inning run-rule victory in the second contest. After not batting in the first game, Henson made the most of her opportunity in the second contest, going 2-for-2 with four RBIs in the win.
“We wanted to come out and attack in the second game,” Henson said. “I just wanted to hit it hard
somewhere; make contact because I knew if I could do that we could probably score a run.”
After Henson’s home run, the Sooners picked up where they left off after sweeping Kansas last weekend by a combined score of 25-3 over three games. Leslie Miller got the start and gave up one run through four innings before Georgia Casey and Shelby Pendley tag-teamed the final inning. Kelsey Stevens earned the game off after holding the Shockers scoreless in five innings of work in the first game.
The offensive barrage quickly quieted a Wichita State team that appeared to be rolling after making solid contact against Miller and took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a throwing error by the Sooners.
Coach Patty Gasso said she wasn’t surprised her team started slow after only a light workout on Monday, and she was happy with the way the Sooners responded in the nightcap.