On Sunday, the top-seeded Oklahoma Sooners flexed their muscles against Texas A&M, winning the game going away by a score of 20-0.
The Sooners jumped on the Aggies early and often and left no doubt in this one as they ran away with the game in an explosive first inning.
With the victory, Oklahoma has advanced to the Norman Super Regional, where the Sooners will host UCF next weekend (May 26-29).
With that in mind, here are three thoughts on the statement win for Patty Gasso’s group.
Oklahoma Offense Makes a Statement
Oklahoma escaped a comeback effort against the Aggies on Saturday, winning 3-2, and you could tell they were a bit frustrated with their offensive performance. Well, it was clearly a point of emphasis in this contest as OU put up nine runs in the first inning, and 20 runs in just five innings. It has been a national narrative that the Sooner offense was starting to feel some of the pressure of Jordy Bahl being unavailable. Clearly the offense felt they needed to make a statement, and they did just that. Jocelyn Alo led the way for the Sooners, going 3-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored, including her 115th career home run in the first inning.
Nicole May Proves Her Worth
Nicole May got the ball today, and she made the most or her opportunity to gain valuable postseason experience. While her team lit up the scoreboard, she made sure that the same wasn’t happening from the opposite dugout. In 4.1 IP, May struck out six, walked none, an allowed just two hits in 14 batters faced. May was big for the Sooners in regional play, and proved that she has what it takes to be a reliable for arm for the Sooners on a good day. Now, if she can do it consistently down the road has yet to be seen, but this weekend was certainly a good sign.
Sooners Win Breaks Tournament Record
Before today, the Georgia Bulldogs 17-0 win over Western Kentucky in regional play was the largest win in NCAA softball tournament history, but the Sooners’ 20-0 drudging of Texas A&M now owns that record. It was the best that Oklahoma has looked in weeks, and certainly a complete performance. The Sooners certainly looked like the top team in the country, and their head coach was certainly happy about the performance.
“It’s probably one of our most complete efforts in all phases of our game, top to bottom,” Patty Gasso said to media after the game. “Fans were on fire. We were fired up.”