Sooners Beat BYU, 7-1, for First Win of 2017

Karl Anderson
By Karl Anderson
Assistant Director of Communications
1/1 Oklahoma
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
BYU 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 0
OU 0 0 5 0 0 2 x 7 7 0
W - Parker (1-0) 7.0 6 1 1 0 8
L - Paulson (0-1) 2.1 3 4 4 3 0
S - N/A - - - - - -
Individual Leaders
OU - Pendley 3 1 1 2 0 1
BYU - Tarrow 2 0 1 1 0 0
Game Notes
Oklahoma now leads the all-time series against BYU, 6-1, and has won five straight in the series ... the Sooners are 36-4 all-time as the No. 1 team in the country ... every Sooner that had a hit in the game also scored a run ... Paige Parker earned her 67th career win, tying Lana Moran ('97-00) for sixth in OU history ... Parker's eight strikeouts pushed her career total to 501 ... Parker also batted for the first time since April 20 of last season ... Nicole Pendley's two-run homer was the first by a Sooner this year and No. 16 in her career, the most of anyone on the team ... Fale Aviu (6) and Caleigh Clifton (5) each matched career highs in hitting streaks dating back to last season ... Clifton also tied a career high with three walks ...  Raegan Rogers recorded the first RBI of her career and the first extra-base hit with an RBI double in the sixth ... freshman Nicole Mendes made her OU debut with a pinch-hit single and scored a run

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – A five-run third inning was the catalyst for No. 1/1 Oklahoma as it earned its first win of 2017 with a 7-1 victory over BYU Thursday afternoon at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

After suffering a 3-2 setback to No. 2/2 Auburn earlier in the day, OU (1-1) bounced back for its fifth straight win over the Cougars (1-1) as seven different Sooners had a hit in the game and each scored a run.

Junior Nicole Pendley and sophomore Fale Aviu each drove in a pair of runs for Oklahoma, while sophomore Caleigh Clifton reached base in all four plate appearances as she was 1-1 and tied a career high with three walks.

In two games last season against BYU, OU junior Paige Parker went 2-0 with no runs and just two hits allowed and 16 strikeouts in 12.0 innings. She threw a no-hitter in one matchup and took a no-hitter into the seventh in the other. Thursday, she continued that mastery of the Cougars.

Parker gave up just one run on six hits while striking out eight and walking none. With her eight strikeouts, she now had 501 in career. In addition, the win was No. 67 of her career, tying former Sooner Lana Moran (’97-00) for sixth in Oklahoma history.

After giving up a single the game’s first batter, Parker retired 12 of the next 13 hitters she faced, including seven in a row between the second and fourth innings.

The game was tied 0-0 through 2.5 innings, but five straight batters reached and scored to break open the game for OU.

Clifton drew a walk with one out and moved up to third as freshman Alissa Dalton dropped a single into center field. As the throw went to third to get Clifton, Dalton moved up to second to put a pair in scoring position for Aviu. On a 2-1 pitch, she recorded the clutch hit, plating Clifton and Dalton. Aviu then stole second before sophomore Shay Knighten brought her in with an RBI double to make it 3-0.

The big hit of the game came next as Pendley pulled a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right field for the first Oklahoma home run of the season. It was the 16th of Pendley’s career, the most among anyone on the OU roster.

BYU cut the lead to 5-1 in the fifth on an RBI single by Lexi Tarrow, and threatened to get closer in the sixth. Lauren Bell and Ashley Thompson each singled to put two on with one out, but Parker got cleanup hitter Libby Sugg to pop out to sophomore Kelsey Arnold at short and Alexa Strid to ground out to Arnold to keep the four-run lead intact.

OU then put up a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Freshman Nicole Mendes made her Oklahoma debut with a pinch-hit single and sophomore Raegan Rogers followed with her first career extra-base hit and drove in her first run with an RBI double in her first at-bat of the year. Rogers then stole third and scored later in the frame when Dalton reached on a fielder’s choice.

Oklahoma resumes play at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge Friday at 11 a.m. against Nebraska.