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Morning roundup: Oklahoma softball trounces No. 18 Missouri

Oklahoma softball coach Patty Gasso watched her No. 1-ranked team post an 11-0 run-rule win Sunday over Missouri. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Oklahoma softball coach Patty Gasso watched her No. 1-ranked team post an 11-0 run-rule win Sunday over Missouri. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]


Oklahoma softball trounces No. 18 Missouri

The top-ranked Oklahoma softball squad earned an 11-0 run-rule win over No. 18 Missouri on Sunday.

The Sooners, who moved to 16-0 on the season with the win, smacked five home runs in the victory. Tiare Jennings and Jayda Coleman hit two each and Kinzie Hansen had one.

The home run trio finished 9-for-10 at the plate against the Tigers, and combined for 10 RBI's amongst the team's 11 runs.

The Sooners came out the gate swinging, pouring on 10 runs in the first three innings alone.

Redshirt senior Shannon Saile threw all five innings in the circle, finishing with eight strikeouts and moving to 5-0 on the season.

Cowboy baseball posts rare tie in series finale

For just the sixth time in program history, an Oklahoma State baseball game ended in a tie as the 11th-ranked Cowboys battled Grand Canyon to a 4-4 score Sunday at O’Brate Stadium. The game was called after nine innings due to a travel curfew for the Lopes.

OSU is now 9-0-1 on the season and still undefeated on its home field at 6-0-1, while GCU is 3-7-1.

The last OSU game to end in a tie came on March 18, 2018, against Seton Hall at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium; that game was also forced to be called due to a travel curfew (as well as weather) with the two teams tied 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning.

In the bottom of the frame, the Cowboys were down to their final strike. But on a full count, Brock Mathis smashed his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to left-center field, to tie the score.

Cowgirl softball sweeps opening weekend

The Oklahoma State softball team improved to 18-1 on the season with a 7-0 victory against Tulsa.

Returning All-American Carrie Eberle (7-0, 0.71 ERA) picked up her seventh win of the season. Eberle struck out four batters in her fourth complete game shutout of the year.

The Cowgirl offense found power in front of the home crowd, hitting four homers on the day.

Alysen Febrey went 2-for-3 at the plate, including two homers and 3 RBI. Karli Petty (1-for-3, RBI) and Sydney Pennington (2-for-4, 1 RBI) also contributed home runs to the balanced OSU attack. Petty, Febrey, and Pennington all had home runs in the sixth inning.


Embiid, Simmons to miss All-Star Game

Philadelphia 76ers teammates Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were ruled out of Sunday's NBA All-Star Game after being flagged by coronavirus contact tracing, prompting some players to question again why the exhibition was being played during a pandemic.

The 76ers and the NBA learned of the situation with Embiid and Simmons — which stemmed from getting haircuts — on Saturday night and made the decision Sunday morning that neither could play about nine hours before the scheduled tipoff.

The game in Atlanta is going forward as scheduled.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Embiid and Simmons have both tested negative for COVID-19, and that their barber has tested positive for it. Both players saw the barber a day or two before before flying to Atlanta.


Indians' Ramirez, Reyes isolated after COVID-19 violations

For the third time in less than a year, the Cleveland Indians are having to isolate players because they broke COVID-19 protocols.

Third baseman José Ramírez and slugger Franmil Reyes are being kept away from their teammates at spring training in Arizona after they reported to the team that they went out to dinner in violation of team and Major League Baseball regulations.

Manager Terry Francona said Sunday that the two players were sent to their temporary homes as the Indians await word from the league as to when they can rejoin the team.

Francona said Reyes, who had a virus-related misstep last season, and Ramirez went out to dinner on Friday following an exhibition game in Mesa against the Chicago Cubs.

Staff and wire reports