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Casey does it all as No. 2 Oklahoma earns first win of season

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Now that’s more like it.

Oklahoma team (1-2) picked up its first win of the season by posting a 10-1, five-inning run-rule victory against Santa Clara (0-5) at the Easton Tournament.

Junior Georgia Casey did a bit of everything as she tied a career high with three hits, drove in four runs, which was one off her career high, and picked up the win in the circle.

After Santa Clara got on the board with a solo home run in the first inning, its lone hit of the game, the Sooners busted the game wide open thanks to a nine-run third inning.

No. 2 Oklahoma 11, Loyola Marymount 1

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Oklahoma posted its second run-rule win of the day on Saturday as it took down Loyola Marymount 11-1 in five innings at the Easton tournament in Fullerton, Calif.

While the final score illustrates how strong the OU offense was, it was the defense that came through with the highlight of the day on a triple play.

Oklahoma led 4-1 in the top of the fourth, but LMU had runners on first and second. A sharp grounder by Taryn Renowden was hit to junior Shelby Pendley at third base. She stepped on third for the force, threw to senior Javen Henson at second base for the second out and Henson threw on to junior Lauren Chamberlain at first base to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.

No. 3 Washington 6, Arkansas 1

LAS VEGAS -- Junior Kylee Lahners hit a three-run home run for the third game in a row, and the Huskies moved to 3-0 on the young season with a 6-1 victory against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday afternoon at the UNLV SportCo Kick-Off Classic.

Senior Kaitlin Inglesby took over in relief of starter Bryana Walker and picked up her 2nd win of the season, tossing 4.0 innings in relief and allowing just two hits while holding Arkansas scoreless.

Walker went 3.0 innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits.

No. 4 Florida 9, No. 5 Michigan 5

TAMPA, Fla. -- Fourth-ranked Florida continued its winning ways at the USF Wilson-DeMarini tournament on Saturday, beating No. 5 Michigan in thrilling fashion with a 9-4 win in eight innings. Florida scored all its runs in the final two frames, tying the game with four runs in the seventh and sealing the victory with five in the eighth. A day after she picked up the save in her collegiate debut against Illinois State, freshman lefty Delanie Gourley earned her first win with a complete game.

Florida earned its first win over a top-five opponent since March 6 of last season, when the Gators beat No. 1 Alabama 8-4 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

No. 5 Michigan 3, South Florida 2

TAMPA, Fla. -- In the nightcap, freshman Abby Ramirez and senior Lyndsay Doyle legged out infield singles to start MIchigan's offense in the sixth. Each moved up a base, and sophomore Sierra Romero received an intentional walk to load the bases for Blanchard. U-M's clean-up hitter fell behind in the count 1-2 before fouling off three consecutive pitches and sending a frozen rope into center, scoring Ramirez and Doyle.

Blanchard's two-run single came after Nevins worked out of trouble in several innings. U-M took eight walks through Nevins' 6.1 innings pitched. The Maize and Blue loaded the bases in the first and fourth but came away with nothing. Through five innings, U-M stranded nine runners.

Michigan tallied its first run in the second when freshman Lindsay Montemarano came around from second on a dropped pop up.

Freshman Megan Betsa went the distance in the circle to collect her first collegiate win. She struck out six -- including the side in the third inning -- and surrendered a solo home run in the second and a fourth-inning leadoff walk that came around to score.

No. 6 Alabama 16, Northwestern State 0 

TROY, Ala. -- Alabama softball got off to an explosive start Saturday afternoon against Northwestern State, shutting out the Lady Demons 16-0.

The Alabama (3-0) offense had another stellar performance in Saturday's first game, scoring 16 runs on 12 hits including six doubles and a pair of triples. It's the seventh time in Alabama history that the Tide has hit six doubles in one game, last doing so on Feb. 11, 2012 against Lipscomb.

Offensive production was spread evenly throughout the Alabama lineup, highlighted by freshman Peyton Grantham who went 3-3 in her collegiate debut finishing one home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Leslie Jury (2-0) earned her second win of the season with her second two-hit shutout of the weekend.

No. 7 Arizona State 9, Penn State 1

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State beat the Penn State Nittany Lions 9-1 in a quick six innings on Saturday afternoon at Farrington Stadium.

Mackenzie Popescue allowed zero earned runs for the second consecutive time, pitching six complete innings to improve to 2-0 on the season.

ASU added three more runs in the sixth inning with Elizabeth Caporuscio hitting a double to center field that scored pinch runner Jenn Soria to provide the eight-run lead to log the run rule victory.

Center fielder Alix Johnson – who had just one RBI coming in to the evening - had a game high four RBI and the only home run of the game, contributing to the final score.

No. 8 Oregon 5, NC State 0
No. 8 Oregon 9, Appalachian State 1

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Third baseman Courtney Ceo tied the Oregon single-game record by going 5-for-5 while Cheridan Hawkins tossed a one-hit shutout to lead No. 8-ranked Oregon to a 5-0 win against N.C. State in the second of two games on Saturday at the Kajikawa Classic.

The Ducks (3-1) scored five runs on 10 hits with one error while the Wolf Pack scored no runs on one hit with one error.

NC State third baseman Lana Van Dyken had the Wolf Pack's lone hit of the game, coming in the fifth inning.

Hawkins finished the one-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and three walks allowed. She faced more than four batters in an inning just once and she retired the side in order in the first and seventh.

Oregon defeated Appalachian State 9-1 in six innings on Saturday in the first of two games at the Kajikawa Classic.

The Ducks scored nine runs on 10 hits with one error while the Mountaineers (0-5) posted one run on six hits with six errors.

Oregon starting pitcher Karissa Hovinga tossed a complete game, allowing one run (unearned) on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk.

No. 10 Texas 10, Louisiana-Lafayette 7
No. 10 Texas 7, North Carolina 3

LAFAYETTE, La. -- Texas boosted its record to 3-0 on Friday by sweeping a pair of games on the opening day of play at the 28th annual Louisiana Classic. The Longhorns defeated North Carolina 7-3 before coming back from five runs down to take a win from tournament host Louisiana Lafayette at Lamson Park.

Senior Brejae Washington scored five runs and stole four bases in her 4-for-8 day at the plate. She provided the game-winning hit in UT's come-from-behind win against Louisiana-Lafayette and reached 100 career stolen bases. Washington, the Horns record holder in the category, now has 101 in her career with her four on the day. Her classmate, shortstop Taylor Thom also had a big day at the dish, having a team-high five hits in eight at bats. Freshmen pitchers Lauren Slatten and Tiarra Davis earned their first career wins against UNC and ULL, respectively.

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