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Sooners beat No. 24 Auburn 14-0

Sooners beat No. 24 Auburn 14-0

The Oklahoma Sooners’ offensive eruption didn’t slow down in the second game of the day, a 14-0 win over No. 24 Auburn.

After a 16-0 win over Weber State, the Oklahoma bats stayed hot. The pitching was equally dominant to help the Oklahoma Sooners extend their winning streak to 18 games.

Jordy Bahl threw a complete game shutout, picking up right where she left off from her relief appearance against Florida State earlier in the week. Bahl struck out nine Tigers over five innings of work and allowed just four hits and a walk. She never allowed more than one base runner in an inning.

On a night when Oklahoma’s pitching was dominant, the Sooners’ offense provided a similarly dominant performance.

Oklahoma got on the board in the first inning again when Jayda Coleman took a 1-2 pitch for a ride and led the game off with a home run. It was her sixth home run of the season to put her three away from tying a career-high.

But the Sooners weren’t done there. Haley Lee doubled, and Tiare Jennings drove her in with her fifth home run of the season to make it 3-0. With two outs in the inning, Kinzie Hansen launched her fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to put Oklahoma up 4-0 after the first.

Oklahoma went in order in the second before erupting for five runs in the third, taking advantage of several Auburn miscues. The highlight of the inning was a two-run double from Cydney Sanders. The national freshman of the year finalist from a year ago, has gotten off to a slow start in her Sooners career. Could her performance Saturday provide the boost she needs to really get going?

Leading 9-0 after three innings, Bahl continued to cruise, and the Sooners’ bats stayed hot in the fourth.

Tiare Jennings led off with a double, and after Avery Hodge came in to pinch run, Alyssa Brito drove her in to make it 10-0. Later in the inning, with two on and one out, Grace Lyons continued to make her return felt with a three-run home run, her second of the season. That put the Sooners up 14-0.

Oklahoma is now 26-1 on the season and have won 18 in a row. The two wins on Saturday mark their 16th and 17th shutouts of the season. They have 16 run-rule victories on the year.

Jordy Bahl’s earned run average is below 2.00 for the first time since Oklahoma’s loss to Baylor. Since allowing two runs in two innings against Mississippi State, she’s thrown eight scoreless innings across three appearances.

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