Oklahoma opens season with historic rout of UTEP, then blows out ACU

Sooners mash NCAA record 13 home runs in 29-0 pounding of UTEP
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EL PASO, TX — Patty Gasso said this Oklahoma team was good.

She didn’t say the Sooners were this good.

OU opened the 2021 season on Thursday at the Miner Invitational with an historic 29-0 rout of host UTEP, then pummeled Abilene Christian 9-0 in their second game.

The Sooners bashed an NCAA record 13 home runs against UTEP, including three each from Grace Lyons and freshman Tiare Jennings and two apiece from Kinzie Hansen and Nicole Mendes.

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Jocelyn Alo, Jayda Coleman and Mackenzie Donihoo also homered as OU raced out to a 13-0 lead in the first inning.

Jennings finished with six RBIs, while Lyons and Mendes each drove in 5.

Gisele Juarez started and pitched three perfect innings with six strikeouts. Olivia Rains pitched the final two innings.

OU finished the game with 28 hits, including doubles by Alo, Kinsey Koeltzow and Coleman and a triple by Lynnsie Elam.

In the Sooners' 9-0 win over Abilene Christian, Lyons homered again, this time a grand slam, and Jennings and Alo each homered as OU cruised to another easy victory.

Freshman Nicole May pitched four shutout innings and only gave up one baserunner by walk. Macy McAdoo finished with a scoreless inning. 

The Sooners are scheduled to play Abilene Christian agains on Friday before finishing the event with a rematch against UTEP. 

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