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Oklahoma pounds Iowa State, moves to 25-0

Sooners unleash more home runs in 22-2 rout in Big 12 Conference opener
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AMES, IA — Kinzie Hansen blasted a three-run home run in the top of the first inning and Tiare Jennings added a third-inning grand slam and six RBIs as No. 1-ranked Oklahoma swept Iowa State with a 22-2 victory at the Cyclone Sports Complex.

The Sooners extended their school-record start by improving to 25-0 on the season and 3-0 in Big 12 Conference play. Iowa State fell to 22-8 and 0-3.

Kinzie Hansen

Kinzie Hansen

Mackenzie Donihoo added a three-run homer in the top of the fourth as the Sooners kept their foot on the gas throughout.

Oklahoma has now outscored its opposition 308-36 this season.

Jennings, a freshman, also had three hits and scored three runs. Freshman Jayda Coleman had two hits and three RBIs, and Lynnsie Elam and Donihoo each scored three runs.

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Jocelyn Alo — who drew four walks but didn’t get a hit in Saturday’s game — had two doubles and two RBIs, and has now hit safely in 38 straight games. That’s a school record, and nearing the all-time NCAA mark of 43, set by Coastal Carolina’s Sara Graziano from 1993-94.

Alo’s last hitless game with an at-bat came on Feb. 21, 2020 when she went 0-for-3 in a 10-2 victory over Nebraska.

Jennings, Grace Green, Coleman and Jana Johns also hit doubles for the Sooners.

Nicole May pitched four innings in the run-rule, giving up just two earned runs and two hits while striking out six and issuing four walks. Alanna Thiede closed it with a scoreless fifth.

The Sooners are in action next weekend in a Big 12 series against Kansas at Marita Hynes Field. Thursday and Friday’s games start at 6 p.m., and Saturday’s begins at 1 p.m.