OU Softball Closes out HoF in a 7-1 win over Auburn, now 27-1 !

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OU Softball Closes out HoF in a 7-1 win over Auburn, now 27-1 !

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The Oklahoma Sooner Softball Team did a couple things that they do best on Sunday in their 7-1 win over the Auburn Tigers. OU pitched extremely well, and they hit THREE two run HRs to pave the way to their victory.

In a bit of an odd-stat to me. The duo of Alex Storako and Jordy Bahl reached 2 strikes to almost every Auburn hitter that they faced in the game. Storako (5.0 IP) and Bahl (2.0 IP) faced 25 batters. Only two hitters, McCondichie in the second, and B. Ellis in the sixth did not see 2 strikes. Both McCondichie and Ellis hit the first pitch they saw in their at bats and hit foul popups to Brito at third base. As a result of the 23 batters faced with 2 strikes, the Sooners struck out 13 of them. Even on the 2 hits and 2 walks that Auburn had, all four were with 2 strikes on the batter.

The only blemish on the day for the Sooners in the circle was a full count solo HR hit by the Auburn leadoff hitter Peralta. It did not bother Storako that much though as she promptly struck out the next two batters, the first looking with the next one swinging to get back on track in a big way.

The Oklahoma duo of Storako and Bahl pounded the strike zone with 77 strikes out of 111 pitches for 69.4%. Here are the stats for Storako and Bahl:

Storako - 5.0 IP - 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 11 Ks with 1 solo HR and 1 single. Storako got the win to move to 10-0.
Bahl - 2.0 IP - 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 2 Ks.
On offense the Sooners started a bit slowly but warmed up a the game moved along. The three big blows were by Coleman, Jennings and Hansen. To open the bottom of the 3rd, Cydney Sanders walked on a 3-2 count. Coleman, on an 0-1 count, cranked a HR over the LF wall to give the Sooners the lead for the first time in the game 2-1.

The Sooners more or less put the game away in the bottom of the 5th when after a single up the middle by Coleman, Tiare Jennings hit a w run HR to LF on a 1-2 count. After a single by the next hitter, Alynah Torres, Auburn decided to remove Penta from the circle and brought in the lefty Lowe to pitch. Kinzie Hansen promptly hit a 2-1 pitch from Lowe over the RF fence for another 2-run HR in a back-to-back 2-run HR scenario for Oklahoma.

In the bottom of the 6th, Coleman singled on a beautiful bunt for her fourth hit of the game. After a wild pitch and a passed ball, Coleman was on 3rd base. Jennings plated Coleman with a fly ball to RF on a SFLY to make the score 7-1.

Oklahoma put base runners on the bases in every inning on a two singles by Coleman and Hansen in the first. But on a not often seen play, the Auburn SS, Peralta, threw the ball to home plate to get Coleman trying to score on the Hansen single up the middle in a bang-bang play at the plate. It was a head's up play by Peralta against the aggressive Sooner base running. In the second inning, Grace Lyons singled. In the 4th inning, Brito and Boone singled. In the 5th, Lyons added her second single after the back-to-back 2-run HRs. Torres doubled in the bottom of the 6th after the SFLY by Jennings.

The Sooner offense was 13 for 30 in the game with 1 double and 3 HRs with a walk, 6 Ks and a SFLY.

It was a very solid win over Auburn on Sunday. It wrapped up a weekend that the Sooners were 5-0 at the Hall of Fame Tourney while winning the five games by a total of 48-3. It is interesting that the 3 runs scored against OU were on 3 solo HRs. OU only allowed a total of 13 hits in the 5 games with 3 being solo HRs. The Sooners struck out 58 hitters in 28 innings at the HoF.

For the week, including the South Dakota State and Florida State games, The Sooners were 75 of 158 at the plate for a .421 BA and hit 18 doubles and 14 HRs in the 7 games for a Slug% of 0.770 for Oklahoma. The offense is starting to heat up for Oklahoma.

The Sooners are now 27-1 on the season and have won 19 games in a row since the loss to Baylor in Waco. Of their 28 games, Oklahoma has only played 6 home games during the season.

The Sooners will have a few days of practice after a day off on Monday before traveling to Ames to play a weekend series against Iowa State to open the Big 12 portion of their schedule. The weather in Ames looks to be "iffy" on Sunday. Friday and Saturday do not look too bad though. Stay attentive to the schedule for the weekend.

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Post by Bixby_Sooner »

Another great win! Another trophy! This team is still hungry half way through the season and ready for it's Big XII play.

Hopefully they will get all 3 games in next weekend and will sit at 30-1 when all is said and done.
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Here is the link to the Team Stats:

https://soonersports.com/sports/softball/stats/2023/pdf

There are many very good stat lines for the Sooners at this point in the season.
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The 155 LOB for the Sooners equal 36.3% of the runners the Sooners have had which is a low number. For comparison, the Sooner Opponents have LOB 108, that is a 73.97% of the runners.

A few other numbers:

OU - 9.3 Runs Scored per Game
HRs per game = 1.75 (this number is rising)
Leadoff Hitter each inning is reaching base = 55.5 %
The first 4 hitters each inning is reaching base = 49.7 %
2-out numbers for the Sooners = .421 BA, .504 OB%, 90 RBI for 35.7% of total RBI

15 Run-Rule Wins (53.6%)
17 shutouts (60.7%) with 6 more games allowing only 1 run - 23 games with 1 or 0 runs allowed (82.1%) by Sooner Pitching

The Sooner Pitchers have allowed a Batting line of: 0.157 BA, 0.230 OB%, 0.231 Slug%
Hits allowed per Inning - 0.533
Walks and HB allowed per Inning - 0.327
Hits, Walks, HB allowed per Inning - 0.960 baserunners per inning
Ks per Inning - 1.418 Ks
Runs allowed per game - 0.85 per Game

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Post by Brisket »

The 2 best things that occurred over the weekend were: 1) Seeing Grace Lyons return to the field & rediscover a little bit of power at the plate. 2) Seeing Jordy Bahl maintain the form she displayed against FSU earlier in the week. The Sooners are going to be a problem for any team to deal with if Storako, May, & Bahl (and to a lesser degree, Diel) can maintain this level of performance.
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I made the trip from Idaho to OKC to see the team in person for the first time this past weekend. Joy to watch them. Bad timing. One day back and I've still got frost on my bones. The one thing that struck me about this team in person was how fast they truly were. Sure you know their fast and kind of see some of it on TV, but in person it's a stunner. Coleman and Boone in the outfield. Lyons at short. Several in that long pass drill before the games. The range they and others have and the quickness to get there just was an eye opener for me to actually see it. That was between shivers.
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The Far Journey wrote: Tue Mar 21, 2023 4:44 am I made the trip from Idaho to OKC to see the team in person for the first time this past weekend. Joy to watch them. Bad timing. One day back and I've still got frost on my bones. The one thing that struck me about this team in person was how fast they truly were. Sure you know their fast and kind of see some of it on TV, but in person it's a stunner. Coleman and Boone in the outfield. Lyons at short. Several in that long pass drill before the games. The range they and others have and the quickness to get there just was an eye opener for me to actually see it. That was between shivers.
All the way from Idaho......wow! So it was you that brought the cold weather to OKC? HA! Just kidding. :cool:

One of the things that is not often mentioned about the Sooner softball players is their speed. The whole team can run.

Glad you were able to see some games in person.

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