NORMAN — What began with Shelby Pendley going deep in the opener, ended with Kelsey Stevens tossing a five-inning two-hitter in the finisher. In between, 22nd-ranked Oklahoma did more than enough to finish off a weekend sweep of Kansas, adding 8-3 and 8-0 victories to Friday’s 9-0 handling of the at least previously seemingly dangerous Jayhawks.
Despite not having the nation’s top slugger, Lauren Chamberlain, available, the Sooners are beginning to put wins together.
Saturday’s two made it 10 straight victories, pushing OU to 27-8 overall and 6-0 since conference play began. Kansas fell to 28-12 and 3-2.
Stevens has struggled to sparkle in the circle, but Saturday’s late game was a step forward. Only five innings, and despite three walks, she still tossed a two-hit shutout that included only one Jayhawk getting a hit: Ashley Neman, who go two.
In addition two her two-run first-inning blast in the first game, Pendley finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs in the opener, and did some of it while picking up a three-inning save in relief of Stevens. During her turn in the circle, Pendley gave up two hits, walked two and struck out two. In the second game, she finished 1 for 2 and drove in a run.
The offensive star in the nightcap, though, was Georgia Casey. The Sooner shortstop delivered three hits, two RBIs and scored two runs, all from the leadoff spot in the order. In addition to Pendley, Brittany Williams, Whitney Ellis, Leslie Miller and Destinee Martinez also drove in a single run.
In the opener, Sooner left fielder Kady Self and second baseman Javen Henson also joined Pendley in going deep.
OU will take to the conference road for the first time next weekend, meeting Baylor for a three-game series that begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Waco.
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