Patty Gasso’s squad looks to defend their national title and got off to a good start in the Women’s College Series beating conference foe #15 Baylor 6-3 to advance to the winner’s bracket.
#10 Oklahoma attacked first in the bottom of the first as Nicole Mendes led the charge with a single to shallow left. From there the Sooners would load the bases. A sac fly to center from Fale Aviu sent Mendes home for the early 1-0 lead.
Nicole Pendley would clear the bases with a grandslam to left to extend the lead to 4-0 and that’s all Oklahoma would need.
Baylor responded the next inning with runners on the corners. A hit to second got the double play but sent Shelby McGlaun home to make it 4-1.
Calie Clifton started the bottom of the third inning with a single down the line to right, she would advance to second on a Knighten hit to short.
Aviu would send Clifton home on a single to deep center, earning another RBI.
The Sooners threatened again in the bottom of the fourth with no outs and the bases loaded, but would only get one run out of it. Macey Hatfield advanced home after Clifton was hit by a pitch.
Baylor had opportunities in the top of the seventh after a handful of errors put the Bears in scoring position, but only got two out of it before reliever Paige Lowary closed the game out.
This sets Oklahoma up to take on #6 Washington tonight at 8:30 on ESPN, preceded by #1 Florida vs #13 LSU at 6.