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April 27, 2013

OU softball blasts hapless Iowa State

NORMAN — Just about everything that could go wrong in the first inning on Friday went wrong for Iowa State. Pitcher Tori Terrescano was missing her spots over the plate, and the Cyclones’ defense was completely out of sync. Worst of all, all of these problems came against No. 1 Oklahoma, and the Sooners took full advantage.

Thirty minutes later the Sooners had belted two home runs, including a Shelby Pendley grand slam, and led 11-0 when the inning finally ended. It proved to be just the opening salvo, as the Sooners then exploded for 12 runs — and another grand slam — in the second inning.

By the time it was all said and done, the Sooners had brought home 24 runners, setting a school record for runs in the 24-1, five-inning victory.

“I’m honored to be part of a game like this,” Keilani Ricketts said after going 1 for 2 with two RBIs in the game. “It’s a great start to the series.”

It wasn’t the first time this season the Sooners (41-3, 9-1) had dominated their opponent. But it was by far the most complete. The Sooners amassed three home runs, 13 hits, 15 walks while 12 Sooners had a hit in the win.

And they were just as good on the mound. Keilani Ricketts struck out four batters in the two innings she pitched, while Leslie Miller and Taylor Dewbery gave up just five hits in relief.

The individual numbers were gaudy. Pendley went 1 for 2 with five RBIs, while the other grand slam belonged to sophomore Kelley Reeves, who capped off the second-inning explosion by sending one over the right-field wall.

“The momentum was on my side, and with everyone getting on in front of me I had a lot more confidence going up to the plate,” she said.

While the Sooners were owning the strike zone, the Cyclones gave them plenty of help. Torrescano’s first seven pitches were balls, and the 15 combined walks gave OU plenty of free baserunners. The Sooners were given seven bases on balls along with a hit batter in the second inning alone, and brought all eight runners in.

The record-breaking run came in the fourth inning with OU on top 23-1. With the bases loaded, Erin Miller was hit in the back to bring home the final run. It broke a record the Sooners set in 2007.

“I thought the work we put in against Texas and (Longhorns pitcher Blaire) Luna last weekend helped us today,” Gasso said. “Going up against them last weekend made us better.”

The Sooners meet Iowa State (19-27, 4-9) at noon today in the second game of the series, and Gasso knows that Friday’s contest was not the norm for the Cyclones.

“They’re better than what they showed today,” she said. “I know with our crowd and our team it can be a little intimidating coming here. But this is not indicative of who they are, and we have to respect that.”

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