NORMAN — After an unplanned week off the playing field, the Sooners were more than ready to get back on it for a doubleheader Friday against Northern Colorado and Drake.
That determination showed itself early, and often. Top-ranked Oklahoma scored four runs in the first at-bat of the day, with Shelby Pendley homering to bring in three runs and set the tone for a dominant day for the Sooners.
The offensive barrage didn’t slow down, with 9 more runs coming in the second, and OU (20-1) walked away from its first games in six days with a 14-0, five-inning run-rule victory over Northern Colorado (7-13-1) and then a 10-2 six-inning win over Drake (13-9) in the nightcap.
OU hit seven home runs on Friday, with sophomores Pendley and Lauren Chamberlain leading the way. Pendley finished the first game with 7 RBIs, going 3-for-3 at the plate and homering twice. She followed that up with another two hits and an RBI against Drake.
“Having a week off was nice, but we were ready to get back on the field,” she said. “That first homer, I just saw the pitch and hit it. It was a momentum-builder for us.”
If anyone was able to outperform Pendley, it was Chamberlain. She hit three home runs on the day to bring her season total to a team-leading 11. After knocking one over the wall against Northern Colorado, she cracked two more against Drake, the first turning a 2-0 margin into a 5-0 lead as part of a five-run fourth inning. The blast left the Drake outfield staring in awe as it cleared not just the field but the entire complex at Marita Hynes Field.
She wasn’t finished. In her next at-bat in the fifth inning, she sent a pitch high and deep into dead center. So high, in fact, that it cleared the American flag flying tall over the center-field wall. She finished 3-for-4 and batted in five runners against Drake, giving her 8 RBIs on the day.