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Top-ranked OU softball hits three homers in win over Missouri

Infielder Taylon Snow (5) celebrates after the Sooners’ 7-0 win against Sam Houston State on Friday night in Norman. [Ty Russell/OU athletics]
Infielder Taylon Snow (5) celebrates after the Sooners’ 7-0 win against Sam Houston State on Friday night in Norman. [Ty Russell/OU athletics]


Top-ranked OU softball hits three homers in win over Missouri

In a top 20 matchup, No. 1 Oklahoma defeated No. 17 Missouri 5-2, on Saturday in Courtyard Marriott Tournament in Norman.

Freshman Tiare Jennings was 4-for-4 for OU, including hitting a solo homer and driving in two runs. Sophomore catcher Kinzie Hansen went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBI. Jocelyn Alo also homered for the Sooners (14-0), her 11th of the season and 28th consecutive game with a hit.

OU starting pitcher Giselle Juarez allowed two solo home runs to the Tigers (14-3). She was dominant all game, allowing just two runs, both courtesy of solo homers. She finished the day going seven innings, punching out 11 and allowing just three hits.

On Friday night, OU defeated Sam Houston 7-0 in its first home game of the season. Freshman Nicole May and sophomore Olivia Rains combined to pitch a one-hit shutout.

OSU softball continues to roll with wins over New Mexico, Omaha

No. 9 Oklahoma State downed New Mexico, 7-2 and 4-1, in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon in Stillwater.

Kiley Naomi went 3-for-4, homered and knocked in two runs in the first game for the Cowgirls (17-1). Jordan Doggett was 1-for-3 with three RBI.

Logan Simunek earned the win in the circle, pitching seven innings while allowing two runs on eight hits. She fanned eight batters.

In the second game against New Mexico Saturday, Raquel Dominguez and Hayley Busby hit back-to-back solo homers to power the Cowgirls. Busby also doubled and scored two runs while knocking in two runs. Kelly Maxwell pitched a four-hitter and fanned five to get the win.

Late Friday, Carrie Eberle tossed the second no-hitter of her career in an 8-0 OSU victory over Omaha at Cowgirl Stadium. Chyenne Factor and Busby homered in the game for the Cowgirls.

OSU 11, GRAND CANYON 5: No. 11 Oklahoma State baseball improved to 8-0 on Friday, the best-ever start to a season under ninth-year head coach Josh Holliday. Parker Scott worked six innings and allowed just one run on four hits for the Cowboys. The southpaw posted seven strikeouts and did not issue a walk as he improved to 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA on the year. Christian Encarnacion-Strand smashed his team-leading fourth home run of the season and had three RBI.

GYMNASTICS: The No. 2 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team defeated No. 11 BYU, 197.800-196.900, on Friday night inside Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners swept the event titles with a senior taking home every title. Anastasia Webb took home vault with a 9.9, beam with her second career perfect 10 on the event and the all-around with a 39.500. Karrie Thomas earned a season-high 9.9 on bars to earn the event title and shared it with sophomore Ragan Smith. Evy Schoepfer took home her first career title on floor with a 9.925, shared with freshman Bell Johnson and BYU’s Brittany Vitkauskas.


Dike’s goal gives Barnsley a victory

American forward Daryl Dike scored his third goal for Barnsley, a right-footed shot from just inside the penalty area that curled past goalkeeper Neil Etheridge in the 49th minute for a 1-0 win over Birmingham on Saturday in England’s second tier League Championship.

Dike, 20, is on loan from Orlando in Major League Soccer. Dike, who played at Edmond North, debuted for Barnsley on Feb. 1 after he was obtained on a loan for the rest of the season.

Barnsley extended its league winning streak to seven and its league unbeaten streak to nine. Barnsley moved into sixth place — the final playoff berth — with 57 points, one more than Bournemouth.

WORLD CUP: Two rounds of South American World Cup qualifiers scheduled for the end of March were postponed on Saturday following opposition from European clubs about allowing their players to travel during the coronavirus pandemic.


Kupcho leads LPGA tournament in Florida

Jennifer Kupcho made a 12-foot eagle putt on the final hole to cut Austin Ernst’s lead to a stroke Saturday in the LPGA Tour’s Drive On Championship in Ocala, Florida.

Kupcho shot a 2-under 70 at Golden Ocala, setting up the eagle with a fairway wood that just cleared the rocks and water fronting the green on the par-5 18th.

Ernst parred the last six holes in a 69. The two-time LPGA Tour winner was at 13-under 203.


Boone returns to Yankees’ dugout after heart surgery

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone returned to the dugout Saturday, three days after surgery to have a pacemaker inserted.

“It felt good just to be at the ballfield again, competing with the guys,” he said after managing New York’s 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Boone, who turns 48 in a few days, left the club Wednesday to get the pacemaker at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. He returned to camp Saturday after clearing COVID-19 protocols and said he feels great — especially so when he watched ace Gerrit Cole cruise through a simulated game at the team’s spring training facility in Tampa.

Boone says his only restriction is he can’t raise his left hand over his head for about a month.

Staff and wire reports