That was more than enough for pitcher Kelsey Stevens, who struck out five batters to earn the win.
“It takes a lot of pressure off you when you get two runs in the first inning,” she said. “Tomorrow we have to come out with the same energy and let them know we’re still here to play.”
The win keeps OU (26-8, 5-0) undefeated in conference play, while Kansas (28-11, 3-1) dropped its first Big 12 game. For a Sooners squad that defeated Oklahoma State 2-0 in a pitcher’s duel on Wednesday, Friday’s game brought back the offense that carried OU to three straight run-rule victories over Iowa State last weekend.
The two teams will meet again at 2 p.m. today for the second game of the series before wrapping up the set with a noon game Sunday.
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