OU produced a run each in of the first two innings with the benefit of just one extra-base hit. But the bats came alive late in the night to put the game away.
Brittany Williams hit a towering home run to center field in the fifth inning, her 13th of the year. Lauren Chamberlain had an RBI double in the sixth, followed by Shelby Pendley’s 17th home run of the season that made the OU lead 8-1.
Chamberlain was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Williams and Georgia Casey each had two hits and an RBI.
“What I was really pleased with was execution,” Gasso said. “It was those little things we needed to do well. We played fundamental softball.
“The defense played well, pitching was on point and offense was on point, top to bottom.”
One looming question was Williams’ status for Saturday. The right fielder injured her left arm diving for a fly ball in the seventh inning and left the game, but Gasso said it was too early to know the extent of the injury.