NORMAN — Who else was once it going to be?
Oklahoma State got here to play within the 3rd recreation the Bedlam collection on Saturday afternoon — till Jocelyn Alo stepped into the batter’s field.
Cowgirl pitcher Kelly Maxwell had saved the No. 1-ranked Sooners on their feet all afternoon, however her laborious paintings got here undone within the backside of the 5th inning.
Maxwell hit each Jana Johns and Taylon Snow, after which issued a stroll to Jayda Coleman to load the bases for school softball’s House Run Queen.
At the 3rd pitch she noticed, Alo rocketed a ball to the entrance row in right-center box, giving OU a 5-2 lead from which it might by no means glance again.
“Everything about this season has been so unbelievably storybook for (Alo),” Gasso stated after the sport. “The last at-bat regular season, at home, senior day, what else could she do?
“Hawaii, here we are. Let’s hit a home run in front of tens-of-thousands of family members out there. So just fitting.”
The Sooners (48-1) closed out the 5-3 win over the No. 7-ranked Cowgirls (38-12), sweeping OSU at Marita Hynes Box.
Alo’s grand slam was once simply one of the most main contributions the Sooners were given from their tremendous seniors on Saturday, who had been being commemorated for his or her final common season recreation in Norman.
Johns, a defensive stalwart all weekend at 3rd base, wore a couple of Maxwell’s pitches to provide the Sooners some loose baserunners.
Pitcher Hope Trautwein entered the sport in reduction of Nicole Would possibly within the 5th inning make sure that the Cowgirls wouldn’t upload any insurance coverage runs. With runners already on first and 3rd and two outs, Trautwein compelled a floor out to get OU out of the jam within the 5th.
Catcher Lynnsie Elam guided each Would possibly and Trautwein during the contest at the back of the dish, and Snow grew to become the lineup over with a success by means of pitch of her personal to assist load up the bases for Alo within the backside of the 5th.
Although the offense took a while to get going, Gasso by no means misplaced religion that her group would degree the comeback.
“Senior Day, at home, there was no way they would allow the seniors to walk away with a loss,” Gasso stated. “… That’s how I felt.
“… What I always have to remember is just to be quiet and trust what they’re doing, because they always do. There’s no reason to doubt.”
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Alo had struck out two times earlier than launching her grand slam, however she stated she was once ready to stay her earlier at-bats behind her thoughts and step into the batter’s field with the precise mentality within the 5th inning.
“I know my freshman year and years previously I probably would have let it (impact me),” Alo stated after the sport. “This year, I’m really just locked into what I’m doing and have grown up a lot.”
With pleasure at the line, the Cowgirls did mount one final risk within the best of the 6th inning.
Trautwein walked in a run after she issued 4 walks within the inning. Would possibly returned bail her teammate out, recording a strikeout and floor out to finish the inning.
In overall, Would possibly pitched 6 1/3 innings, putting out one OSU batter whilst permitting two runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. Trautwein was once credited with 2/3 of an inning, putting out one batter whilst permitting one run on 4 walks.
“Coming back in, a switch was flipped,” Would possibly stated after the sport. “I kind of like went out to warm up again and kind of approached it with a different mindset. It was moreso wanting to have Hope’s back like she had my back.”
Alo’s grand slam erased Oklahoma State’s first lead of the collection, which got here courtesy of Haley Busby’s two-run bomb within the best of the second one inning.
The lead remained untouched till the ground of the fourth inning, till OSU’s protection once more made lifestyles harder on Maxwell.
Tiare Jennings gave the impression to lead the inning off with a regimen come out, however as OSU 2d baseman Brianna Evans tracked the ball into shallow left box, she misplayed the ball and dropped it, permitting Jennings to reach safely at 2d base.
All weekend lengthy, the Sooners have capitalized of essential defensive mistakes, and Saturday was once no exception.
Grace Lyons adopted up Jennings with an RBI unmarried, reducing the Oklahoma State result in 2-1 on OU’s first hit of the sport.
Alo completed 1-for-3 with the 4 RBIs, and Elam and Lyons had been the one different Sooners to report a success on Saturday.
Now, the Sooners will flip their consideration to subsequent weekend’s Large 12 Event, which can happen at Corridor of Repute Stadium in Oklahoma Town.
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