OU’s Lopez shuts out Mon­tana

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - FROM STAFF RE­PORTS

PHOENIX — Mariah Lopez struck out 11 while throw­ing a one-hit­ter in six in­nings, help­ing top-ranked Ok­la­homa beat Mon­tana 4-0 in the sec­ond day of the Grand Canyon Uni­ver­sity Kick­off Tour­na­ment Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Short­stop Kelsey Arnold ig­nited OU’s of­fense in the sec­ond in­ning with a sin­gle that drove third base­man

Syd­ney Romero home.

Romero ex­panded the Soon­ers’ lead af­ter drilling a two-run homer to left field in the third in­ning. Romero’s third RBI of the game came in the fourth on a sin­gle that drove in

Jo­ce­lyn Alo.

Ni­cole Men­des closed the game in the cir­cle for the Soon­ers. Men­des, a sopho­more util­ity player, al­lowed one hit and held Mon­tana score­less to end the game.

Soon­ers run rule GCU

OU con­cluded its sec­ond day of the GCU Kick­off Tour­na­ment with a 10-0 run-rule vic­tory over Grand Canyon in five in­nings.

OU scored two runs in the bot­tom of the first af­ter

Caleigh Clifton was hit by a pitch and Fale Aviu was walked with bases loaded.

The Soon­ers added five more runs in the sec­ond in­ning, fill­ing the bases be­fore Clifton drew a walk to bring a run­ner home.

Ni­cole Pend­ley cleared the bases with a dou­ble, and was driven home by an­other dou­ble from Aviu.

Jo­ce­lyn Alo crushed a homer over the left field fence to score two more and seal the run rule for the Soon­ers.

Four pitch­ers ap­peared in Satur­day evening’s game for OU, in­clud­ing re­turn­ing stars Paige Lowary (starter, 1.0 in­ning pitched) and Paige Parker (2.1 in­nings). Parker was cred­ited with the win and moved to 2-0 for the sea­son.

Cow­girls edge Mis­souri at Ka­jikawa Clas­sic

TEMPE, ARIZ. — Vanessa Shippy went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs to help Ok­la­homa State beat Mis­souri 6-3 at the Ka­jikawa Clas­sic on Satur­day.

Saman­tha Clak­ley pitched a com­plete-game eight-hit­ter for the Cow­girls. The Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Ar­ling­ton trans­fer struck out three and walked one bat­ter on 105 pitches.

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