Grace Lyons - Oklahoma
Winning games and hitting a lot of home runs is pretty much the norm at Oklahoma these days. While the long ball has become common in Norman, Oklahoma there is nothing remotely normal about hitting three-home runs in a single game. Senior shortstop Grace Lyons (2018) accomplished this feat on Tuesday night, March 29 against visiting Wichita State during a 10-1 (5 inning) victory. The defending National Champion Sooners are 30-0 and ranked #1 in the nation and rolling towards another College World Series in Oklahoma City. Lyons upped her batting average on the season to .420 with 12 homeruns, 32 RBI, 11 walks and 37 runs scored in 29 starts.
Firecrackers Softball: We have to start with your three-homerun game last night. That is pretty difficult to do, and you made it look so easy. How much time and work goes into having a night like this?
Grace Lyons: I love to focus on the word consistency. Both my mindset and work ethic are to be consistent in everything I do. Whether it’s hitting, fielding, my faith or my relationships. I strive to be consistent in every area of my life. This allows me to maintain a neutral mindset when both success and failure occur. As far as last nights success I put in the same effort each day so I can continue to grow as a player. Last night was great, but I struggled at the plate the previous weekend, so I take the outcomes with a grain of salt. My goal is to continue to grow as a player each day with the mindset of consistency.
F irecrackers Softball: Oklahoma is loaded with talent. How does it feel to be surrounded by a team full of all stars?
Grace Lyons: Man, it’s crazy to sit back and think about who I get to play with every day. From freshman to super seniors, we have a solid group of studs. Hitting behind Tiare (Jennings) and Jocelyn (Alo) has been a great experience because I get to learn from each of their at-bats going into mine. Playing behind Jordy Bahl is so much fun because she brings passion and energy to the game. I love to compete with these Sooners because we play the game differently and I think this is evident in the softball world.
Firecrackers Softball: Where in the lineup are you the most comfortable and why?
Grace Lyons: I have bounced around the lineup throughout the course of my career. Honestly, I think I have hit in every spot 1-9 in the lineup. I am simply thankful to be in the lineup, so wherever coach puts me I will take it. But, if I were to choose, I like the three, four and five spots because I am able to have runners in scoring position and also have chances to lead off an inning later in the game.