OU softball comes back, takes down Washington in 8 innings

On3 imageby:Bob Przybylo02/09/24


OU softball doesn’t have the longest winning streak in history for nothing. The Sooners have found ways to battle back before, and they had to again Friday.

OU trailed 3-2 but scored one in the sixth and came through with the game-winner in the eighth inning to earn a 4-3 victory against No. 7 Washington at the Puerto Vallarta College Classic in Mexico.

Rylie Boone played hero, driving in the winning run with two outs in the top of the eighth. From there, it was Kelly Maxwell showing she is ready for those big-time moments as a Sooner just as she was at Oklahoma State. And why head coach Patty Gasso jumped at the chance to add Maxwell from the portal.

OU led 2-0 after the first couple of innings. Then the Huskies plated three runs in the bottom of the third off Nicole May and held the lead for a couple of frames.

It remained 3-2 for Washington until pinch-hitter Riley Ludlam drove in the tying run with a single in the top of the sixth. Maxwell repeatedly worked out of jams coming in as a relief pitcher in the sixth.

International tiebreaker rules were in effect, meaning each team began the eighth with a runner on second base. Washington had a runner on third with one out, but Maxwell was able to find a way one more time.

Wasn’t easy, but No. 56 in a row is in the books.

OU 3, No. 9 Duke 0 (Thursday)

It was time for Kelly Maxwell to open her career as a Sooner. It couldn’t have worked out better in five scoreless innings.

Maxwell allowed one hit, one walk and struck out two. She retired 11 batters in a row.

Tiare Jennings got the Sooners on the board with a solo home run as OU scored three in the third to give some breathing room.

Karlie Keeney pitched the final two frames. She had to work out of a jam to close it out, but Keeney did just that. A three-hit shutout combined by Maxwell and Keeney.

OU 13, Utah Valley 0 (5) (Thursday)

Welcome to college softball, Kasidi Pickering. The true freshman needed just one swing to introduce herself to the softball world.

Pickering smashed a grand slam in the first inning to set the tone for the day in Mexico. It was part of a five-RBI day in her first game.

Senior Jayda Coleman added a two-run double as OU scored its 13 runs in the initial three innings. Alyssa Brito and Kinzie Hansen had the team’s first back-to-back home runs of the season.

Nicole May started in the circle. She pitched three innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. Kierston Deal and Paytn Monticelli also threw a frame.

Up next

The Classic concludes Saturday afternoon for the Sooners. No. 1 OU (3-0) will get out of Mexico following a 1 p.m. game against Long Beach State.

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