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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — David Mendham hit a three-run home run to set up a five-run second inning and Oklahoma State defeated Oklahoma 8-3 to advance to the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament. The top seeded Cowboys (39-17) play Texas Tech on Saturday. Mendham, the No. 8 hitter, finished the game with three hits — he also hit two runs with a single in the seventh inning for Oklahoma State. Roc Riggio used a single and a sacrificial fly to drive a pair. Leadoff batter John Spikerman had two hits and had two runs for No. 7-seeded Oklahoma (31-26).

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kaelen Culpepper went 4 for 5 with five RBIs — including a three-run home run at the bottom of the second inning — and German Fajardo allowed five hits over 7 1/3 innings to hand Kansas State to the win over Kansas help 7-1 in a eliminator at the Big 12 tournament. 5-seeded Kansas State meets fourth-seeded TCU in the semifinals, who defeated the Wildcats 16-3 in the tournament’s opening game. Nick Goodwin led with a walk at the end of the second inning and Brady Day followed with a single before Culpepper hit a shot to the left that made it 3-0. Fajardo scored nine strikeouts in his season best. Jake English gave the No. 8 seeded Kansas a 2-3 lead with a third-round solo home run.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Haley Lee’s Grand Slam helped Oklahoma to a historic win. The Sooners recorded the longest winning streak of all time in Division I softball. Oklahoma earned its 47th straight win by defeating Clemson 9-2 in the national game. The Sooners equalized Arizona’s winning streak that began in 1996 and continued through the 1997 season. Oklahoma needs one more win to retain the record and earn a spot in the Women’s College World Series. Oklahoma State and Florida State secured places in the World Series with victories.

STILLWATER, Oklahoma (AP) — Kiley Noami went 3 for 3 with a double, a home run and four RBIs, Kelly Maxwell busted with the first 19 batters she faced in a two-hitter and No. 6-seeded Oklahoma State defeated Oregon 9-0 to defeat the best-of-three Stillwater Super Regional and advance to the Women’s College World Series. Oklahoma State, which defeated the Ducks 8-1 in Game 1, has secured a berth in its 15th WCWS, four straight. Rachel Becker opened the game with a double to the left and scored when Naomi hit a single down the middle that made it 1-0 early in the first half, and Maxwell had a perfect game through 6 1/3 innings before Allee Bunker with a single goal scored midway through the seventh.

NORMAN, Oklahoma (AP) — Haley Lee hit a grand slam, Cydney Sanders and Alyssa Brito each hit a home run and top-ranked Oklahoma extended its winning streak to 47 with a 9-2 win over Clemson in the opening game of the Norman Super Regional. Oklahoma (55-1) equaled Arizona’s record of 47 straight Division I wins set in 1997. The Sooners are looking to break Saturday’s record in Game 2 of the best-of-three series with Clemson (49-11). . Oklahoma had two field errors in the fifth inning as Clemson came up 4-2, but the Sooners broke through in the bottom half with five straight hits, including a grand slam. Oklahoma’s first three batters of the fifth inning got their hits after just four pitches, and then Lee cleared the bases.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Zaida Puni went 2-3 with a three-run home run and the No. 4-seeded Tennessee defeated Texas 5-2 in the first game of the best-of-three Knoxville Super Regional. Tennessee (48-8), in Super Regionals for the first time since 2019, will earn a place in the Women’s College World Series with a win in Saturday’s Game 2 against No. 13 Texas (45-14-1). to back up. . The Vols have won seven games in a row. Puni, who hit four regional homers last week, hit a three-run homer off the scoreboard in the second inning to lead 4-0. Puni also took a fifth lead with a double to force a pitching change, and Rylie West followed with an RBI single from the base of the wall to make it 5-1.

UNDATED (AP) – Scouting and recruiting players on the NCAA transfer portal has become an important part of building a college football program. And the process is going fast. To sift through a mountain of names, NFL-style HR departments use data and statistics from online analytics companies to more efficiently identify players who can help their teams. Information and services from companies like SportSource Analytics, Tracking Football and The UCReport have become essential in the new age of free choice in college football.

UNDATED (AP) – The spring transfer window lasts just 15 days and isn’t nearly as active as the 45-day post-college football season window — except in Colorado. Coach Deion Sanders’ team has added 20 transfers since the portal window opened on April 15th. The Buffaloes have up to 48 total transfers, according to 247 Sports, and have room for more. Other schools focus on quality over quantity. USC, Alabama, Auburn and Northwestern are among the six winners of the spring transfer season.

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