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Oklahoma softball: Sooners use five-run third inning to rout Baylor

Oklahoma pitcher Michelle Gascoigne wasn't at her best through Saturday's first two innings. But even as Baylor blasted two home runs and seized early control, the senior stayed poised, knowing her teammates' big bats would eventually come alive.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 6, 2013
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photo - Teammates greet Brittany Williams after her home run hit as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooners play the Baylor Bears in NCAA college softball at Marita Hines Field on Saturday, April 6, 2013  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Teammates greet Brittany Williams after her home run hit as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooners play the Baylor Bears in NCAA college softball at Marita Hines Field on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

— Oklahoma pitcher Michelle Gascoigne wasn't at her best through Saturday's first two innings.

But even as Baylor blasted two home runs and seized early control, the senior stayed poised, knowing her teammates' big bats would eventually come alive.

“I was trusting in my team to score, because they're very good at that,” Gascoigne said.

The No. 1-ranked Sooners (33-2 overall, 2-0 Big 12) exploded with a five-run third inning, then added four more on their way to a 9-3 rout of Baylor.

OU beat the Bears 8-3 Friday in its Big 12 opener, and will go for a series sweep when the teams meet again at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Baylor leadoff hitter Kathy Shelton opened Saturday's game with a triple, then quickly scored on a wild pitch. A few batters later, Sarah Smith blasted a solo home run, giving Baylor a 2-0 lead.

The Bears (29-9, 3-4 Big 12) increased their advantage to 3-0 with catcher Clare Hosack's one-out homer in the second inning. That would be Baylor's last run of the day.

“I think Michelle could tell you that she wasn't at her best,” said OU coach Patty Gasso. “She knows that and we know that, and it's all good because that happens. What I love about Michelle is that she fought through it, and that fight allowed us to gain momentum in the dugout.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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