Sophomore Kelsey Stevens struck out a season-high 11 batters for the second game in a row and three early home runs paced Oklahoma (42-10, 13-2) to a 5-1 victory over Texas Tech (35-18, 8-9) Saturday in front of 1,356 fans at Marita Hynes Field.
• Stevens tied Florida State’s Lacey Waldrop for the most wins in the nation with 31 as she recorded 11 strikeouts for the third time this season and the second time in as many games against the Red Raiders. Stevens allowed three hits, one of which was a solo home run in the fifth, and walked none.
• The 22 strikeouts over a two-game stretch is the most in Stevens’ career and the most by an OU pitcher since Keilani Ricketts struck out 25 between games against Washington and Tennessee in last year’s Women’s College World Series.
• Three different Sooners homered in the game, starting with junior Georgia Casey’s solo shot in the second inning. It was her career-best 11th home run of the season, passing the mark of 10 she had as a freshman.
• Fellow junior Lauren Chamberlain hit a solo homer of her own in the third. It was her eighth of the year and 68th in her career, giving her sole possession of 17th place on the all-time NCAA home run list.
• Two batters after Chamberlain, senior Brittany Williams hit a two-run homer. She now had nine on the year and 34 in her OU tenure, one behind Shelby Pendley for 10th in Oklahoma annals. Williams added a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to finish with three RBI in the game.
• With a win Sunday, Oklahoma would clinch a share of the Big 12 title. It would be the third straight for the Sooners, something no team in Big 12 history has accomplished.