Lyons Hits Three Home Runs, OU Beats WSU

NORMAN — No. 1 Oklahoma run-ruled Wichita State 10-1 in five innings on Tuesday night at Marita Hynes Field.

Senior Grace Lyons blasted three home runs for the second time of her career, including the walk-off in the fifth inning, to push OU to 30-0 on the season.

Freshman Jordy Bahl was a force in the circle, striking out 11 in the complete-game effort to take her 13th win of the season. The frosh allowed just three hits, one walk and one unearned run to one of the top offenses in college softball.

The Shockers took the lead in the first inning after an uncharacteristic Sooner error allowed Sydney McKinney to reach home after her leadoff single.

Oklahoma answered in the bottom of the first via a leadoff home run from Tiare Jennings for her second consecutive home run following her walk-off blast on Sunday vs. Baylor. Lyons then hit her first home run of the night two batters later to right field. It marked the 17th time the team has hit two-plus home runs in one inning in 2022.

Oklahoma put up six runs on three hits in the third inning. After a pair of walks, junior Kinzie Hansen ripped a sac-fly RBI to center to plate Taylon Snow prior to a bases-clearing single from sophomore Tiare Jennings. Jocelyn Alo brought in Jennings on a double to center in the next at-bat. Lyons hit her second homer in the frame, this one a two-run shot to center.

After a walk to Alo in the bottom of the fifth, Lyons put a charge into a two-run homer that snuck over the left field fence to walk the game off via run-rule.

The game was OU’s 11th with four or more home runs and the Sooners 25th run-rule victory in 30 games played. Oklahoma has won 32 consecutive dating back to the final two games of 2021.

Lyons led OU at the plate with a 3-for-4, three-homer, five-RBI showing, while Jennings finished 2-for-4 with three runs batted in.

On the year, Oklahoma has hit 78 home runs and is outscoring opponents 289-26. The pitching staff holds a 0.63 ERA and has 275 strikeouts.

The Sooners continue their homestand at Marita Hynes Field this weekend with a pair vs. UAB. Friday the teams meet at 6:30 p.m. CT before a 1 p.m. first pitch on Saturday. The games are sold out but can be seen via and heard on the radio via 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma and nationwide on the TuneIn app.

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