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Three Thoughts on Oklahoma’s 9-0 Win Over Iowa State in the Big 12 Softball Championship

Despite Iowa State coming into the semifinals riding a wave of momentum, it was all Sooners today as Oklahoma took down the Cyclones 9-0 to advance to Saturday’s Championship game.

As they have been all season, the Sooners were dominant in all facets of the game and put this game on ice before it really even got started.

Iowa State finishes the 2023 season at 25-30, but ended the year on a high note after having won 12 of its last 17 games.

Here are three thoughts on Oklahoma’s win and what it means moving forward.

 

SOONERS COME OUT SWINGING

Oklahoma leads the conference (and country) in several offensive categories, and they showcased their efficiency from the get-go in this game. In the first three innings, OU opened up a nine-run lead on six hits, including a three-run homer from Grace Lyons in the second, and a two-run shot from Jayda Coleman in the third.

The Sooners’ lineup has been strong all season, but today’s showcase of power was a not-so-subtle reminder of just how good Oklahoma is. On Thursday, a good Baylor lineup managed just two hits against the Cyclones.

In total, Oklahoma went 10-21 (.476) at the plate and drove in nine runs on the day. When the Sooners are hitting like this, they are unstoppable. Despite Oklahoma being 50-1 on the year, their showing on Friday was impressive and should serve as a warning for the rest of the country that OU is in postseason form.

 

THE DEFENSE SPARKLES YET AGAIN

When a team can throw three different pitchers in a game and never surrender a run, it’s a sign that the defense behind them is locked in. That’s exactly what Oklahoma was today. On the first, and only it of the day, shortstop Grace Lyons made an incredible play on the ball and made the play at first a close one, even though it should’ve been an easy base hit.

After piling up 16 hits against an impressive Baylor pitching staff, the Cyclones just couldn’t get anything going against OU and eventually fizzled out. The 9-0 victory was Oklahoma’s 30th shutout of the season and 24th run-rule victory.

The level of dominance that Patty Gasso’s squad has managed to this point has been astounding, and that is a statement considering this team has won back-to-back national championships. They say defense wins championships, and Oklahoma is certainly making a case for that in 2023.

 

WHAT A BLOWOUT

This game was an absolute blowout. The Cyclones strolled into Saturday’s game against the Sooners on an all-time high after taking down Baylor, a team that many believed would give the Sooners their best competition in the Big 12.

When looking at the statistics from today’s contest, it’s important to remember that the game only lasted five innings. With that said, the Cyclones went 1-15 with a batting average of .067 on the day. While the Sooners are known for being the best-hitting team in the country, their bullpen was incredible today. They surrendered one hit on the day and they punished the Cyclones for logging even one hit for the rest of the outing.

The Sooners threw a total of 61 pitches in five innings as opposed to the 102 thrown by the Cyclones. Just about everyone in the country expected the Sooners to roll to the championship game with little resistance, but in a five-inning shutout, Patty Gasso’s squad crushed Iowa State.

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