In the first game, the Sooners showed exactly how explosive they are on offense as well as how they can respond under pressure.
OU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but several mistakes allowed the Huskers to tie the game in the top of the fifth inning. A hit batter and a fielding error brought in the three runs for Nebraska and tied the game.
But if the Huskers stepped up the pressure, the Sooners didn’t show any signs of noticing. Shelby Pendley reached base and later narrowly avoided a tag at home plate on a Destinee Martinez single to put the Sooners back on top.
And the barrage didn’t stop there. Nebraska pitcher Tatum Edwards gave up a single to Lauren Chamberlain that allowed another two runs and walked three to load the bases for Jessica Shults. And the senior All-American put the nail in the coffin with a hard line drive that got past the left-fielder and brought in three runs for the Sooners and pushed the lead to 10-3, where it remained after Nebraska’s rally attempt in the top of the seventh fizzled despite loading the bases.
Keilani Ricketts picked up her ninth win of the season, striking out eight while giving up just one earned run. Shults led the Sooners with three RBIs, while Chamberlain and Ricketts added two each.
Next up for OU is a rematch against Houston (10-6) at noon today at Marita Hynes Field. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 6-0 on Friday.
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