Top-ranked Sooners on a power trip
Oklahoma kept rolling in typical fashion while Oklahoma State suffered its second loss of the season over the weekend at the Hall of Fame Tournament.
Here’s a look at what we learned about the Sooners and Cowgirls in softball action over the weekend:
In scoring 50 runs over five games last week, the Sooners had the ball flying out of the park plenty.
OU hit 16 home runs in those five games, all by five players. Jocelyn Alo led the way with six homers, while Kinzie Hansen added four and Tiare Jennings had three.
Alo leads the nation with 19 home runs this season, having homered in 18 of 22 games. Jennings is third nationally with 14 homers and Hansen is fourth with 13.
In all, the Sooners lead the nation with 77 home runs. Arkansas is second with 53.
Balancing arm usage
OU coach Patty Gasso got lots of work for her pitching staff. Ace Giselle Juarez threw 12 total innings over two games, but no other pitcher went more than three innings in any single game.
That gave Gasso the opportunity to use six different pitchers in all. Juarez went the distance in a 6-2 win over Kansas City on Friday, allowing two runs on three hits in seven innings.
Nicole May earned three of the five pitching victories for the week. She entered in relief of Juarez to pitch the final two innings of a 5-4 win over Liberty on Sunday in which the Sooners scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning.
Cowgirls stumble vs. Houston
OSU pitcher Kelly Maxwell suffered her first loss of the season in what was a rough weekend for her, based on the standard she had set with her previous work.
The sophomore left-hander hadn’t allowed an earned run all season, but gave up three in a win over Liberty on Friday and three more in the loss to Houston. Of course, she wasn’t going to carry a 0.00 ERA through the season.
Overall, Maxwell gave up eight hits and five walks with 11 strikeouts in 11 innings.
Logan Simunek was strong in the circle, including a five-hit shutout in the 3-0 win over Liberty on Friday. She allowed an unearned run on four hits in three innings against Houston.
Alexander keeps scoring
Outfielder Chelsea Alexander is forcing her way into the lineup with her bat and her speed. She has only made 11 starts in 22 games this season, but is batting .432, mostly from the second spot in the order, with 15 runs scored.
Batting in the second spot, with run producers all around her. She’s got an on-base percentage of .488, second-best on the team. Alexander and leadoff hitter Kiley Naomi have scored a combined 39 runs with the likes of Alysen Febrey and Chyenne Factor both batting over .400 behind them.
No. 1 Oklahoma
Overall record: 22-0
Last week: 5-0; Beat UT-Arlington 14-0; beat Houston 9-1; beat Kansas City 6-2; beat Liberty 5-4 and 16-0.
This week: Three-game series vs. Team Mexico, 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday.
No. 7 Oklahoma State
Overall record: 20-2
Last week: 2-1; Beat Liberty 9-4 and 3-0; lost to Houston 4-2.
This week (Mizuno Classic at OSU): vs. Wichita State, 5 p.m. Thursday; vs. UT-San Antonio, 4 p.m. Friday; vs. Kansas City, 6:30 p.m. Friday; vs. Wichita State, 4 p.m. Saturday; vs. Kansas City, 6:30 p.m. Saturday.