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Hope Trautwein shuts down Oklahoma State as OU softball wins Round 2 of Bedlam, 10th straight Big 12 title

Ryan Aber
Oklahoman

NORMAN — It’s becoming a lot easier for OU softball coach Patty Gasso to enjoy her team’s ride late in the season.

Gasso’s Sooners have been dominant all year, but for much of the year Gasso felt a bit uneasy about the way her team was playing.

Friday, there were plenty of smiles from Gasso and everyone else on the Sooners after top-ranked OU’s 6-0 win over No. 7 Oklahoma State clinched the program’s 10th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title.

“I’m really excited about the ball that we’re playing right now,” Gasso said. “All facets are working really well together, and I think we’re in a really good place. 

“And I’m proud we got there because I’ve been very tough with them, not giving them the answers that they want. But they’re starting to see me smile a lot more.”

Gasso was also pleased with her team's direction after Thursday's 7-1 win that put the Sooners on the brink of clinching the conference title.

Friday, the Sooners put together the whole package — a relentless offense that took advantage of the slightest miscue on the other side, dominant pitching and a defense making plays at opportune moments — to remain at the top of the Big 12.

Kinzie Hansen broke out of a slump with a three-run double in the third set up by heads-up baserunning by Jayda Coleman and Jocelyn Alo, Hope Trautwein continued her remarkable run of not allowing an earned run and Rylie Boone made the game’s most electric play by gunning down a runner at home in the fifth.

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Hansen was 0 for her last 17 before coming to the plate in the third.

She’d felt good things coming recently but still had nothing to show for it.

“My teammates have been picking me up for quite some time now, so I thought it was about time that I picked them up,” Hansen said. “I’ve been feeling on the verge for awhile. I feel like today I came in with a whole new mindset and it was honestly team-oriented. … It was time for me to come through for them and for Hope and for all the pitchers that work their butts off for us.”

Hansen’s hit was part of a five-run outburst in the third to break a scoreless tie.

After Coleman walked and Alo single to right center to put runners at second and third with no outs, Cowgirls pitcher Morgan Day got Tiare Jennings to hit a sharp grounder on the infield, catching Coleman between third and home.

But Coleman stayed alive in the rundown, scrambling back to third, where Alo was standing until just before Coleman reached. As OSU infielders tried to tag Coleman, Alo scrambled safely back to second and Jennings to first to load the bases with no outs.

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Oklahoma poses for a photo with the Big 12 Champion trophy after a Bedlam softball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Oklahoma State University Cowgirls (OSU) at Marita Hynes Field in Norman, Okla., Friday, May 6, 2022. Oklahoma won 6-0.

“Same old thing. Same story,” OSU coach Kenny Gajewski said. “Kind of the same disappointment from our coaching staff. We’ve given up runs but I think if you go back and look at the five runs that (if) we just play softball we don’t give up four of those runs for sure.

“We still have to score. I understand that. But it just puts you in a hole against a team like this. It’s hard at their house.”

Alyssa Brito put the Sooners (47-1, 16-1 Big 12) on the board two batters later with an RBI single before Jana Johns drew a bases-loaded walk to put OU up 2-0 and bring Hansen to the plate.

The Sooners’ five runs in the inning were plenty for Trautwein, who hasn’t given up an earned run since Feb. 25 and whose ERA remained a sterling 0.09 after throwing 5 1/3 shutout innings.

Trautwein has allowed just one earned run all season and five runs total.

The Cowgirls’ best chance to break through came in the fifth, when Chelsea Alexander tried to score from second on a single, but Rylie Boone’s throw beat her to the plate, ending the threat and keeping Trautwein’s streak alive.

“It was huge for us, and I think it was huge for Rylie,” Gasso said. “Because she hasn’t been getting maybe the at-bats that she wanted, and that throw just kind of wiped away everything and just really gave us a charge.”

The Cowgirls (38-11, 14-3) have dropped four consecutive games.