Oklahoma’s softball team set several school records Friday afternoon while sweeping Arkansas-Pine Bluff by a combined 45-1 score at Marita Hynes Stadium in Norman.
The defending NCAA champions run-ruled the Golden Lions 10-0 in the first game and then 35-1 in the nightcap. Both games lasted just five innings as a crowd of 617 watched OU score at will in its first home appearance of the season.
Lauren Chamberlain set the OU and Big 12 record for career home runs, hitting her 62nd in the first game.
The No. 20-ranked Sooners (12-5) set a school record for runs scored in the second game; the previous record was 24 last April against Iowa State.
OU tied a school mark for most hits (24) in the second game. Six doubles, including two by Shelby Pendley, tied a single-game record.
Pendley, who added two home runs in the nightcap, was 4 for 4 at the plate with a school-record 10 RBIs. One of Pendley’s homers was a grand slam.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-8) managed just four hits on the day. OU pitchers Kelsey Stevens, Leslie Miller and Taylor Dewberry combined for 10 strikeouts and just one walk.
OU will continue its homestand with a Saturday doubleheader against Nebraska. The first game begins at noon.
HUSKERS SWEEP COWGIRLS
Oklahoma State opened the home portion of its softball schedule on a bad note, losing 4-3 and 8-4 decisions to Nebraska on Friday at Cowgirl Stadium.
OSU (10-7) failed to lead either game as Nebraska pitchers Emily Lockman and Tatum Edwards combined for 12 strikeouts. Edwards hit a grand slam in the fifth inning of the second game to help give the Huskers (11-5) an 8-1 lead.
The Cowgirls continue their homestand Saturday with a doubleheader against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Game 1 is set for a 1 p.m. start.