|W - Stevens (23-5)||7.0||1||0||0||2||4|
|L - Canion (16-7)||7.0||6||2||2||1||5|
|S - N/A||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|OU - Self||2||0||1||1||1||0|
|BU - Thumann||3||0||1||0||0||0|
|Player of the Game|
|Kelsey Stevens // So. // P
Stevens came within four outs of her second career no-hitter but still finished off a one-hitter in a 2-0 victory Saturday. Stevens was perfect through four innings before giving up a leadoff walk in the fifth. The no-hitter was then broken up with two outs in the sixth. Stevens struck out four, walked two and didn't allow a runner past second base all game to improve to 23-5.
WACO, Texas – Sophomore Kelsey Stevens showed Saturday why she has become the ace of the Oklahoma pitching staff.
In front of a Getterman Stadium record crowd of 1,835 fans and an ESPN television audience, Stevens fired a one-hitter as No. 19/13 Oklahoma (31-8, 9-0) clinched a series victory over No. 12/12 Baylor (29-9, 3-3) with a 2-0 win.
Oklahoma has now won 14 games in a row, tying for the ninth-longest winning streak in program history. During the stretch, the Sooners have outscored opponents, 92-11. The team is also 9-0 in Big 12 play, equaling the 2000 and 2002 seasons for the best start to league play in school annals.
Stevens was perfect through the game’s first four innings until she allowed a walk to Sarah Smith to lead off the fifth. The no-hit bid was then spoiled with two outs in the sixth as Kaitlyn Thumann doubled to the gap in right center. Thumann was left stranded at second though as Stevens got the next batter to ground out to third.
It would’ve been the second no-hitter of Stevens’ career as she tossed a perfect game against Virginia on Feb. 23 of last year while with Stanford.
Stevens tallied her 15th complete game of the year and improved to 23-5 on the season with the win over the Bears. She struck out four and walked two in throwing her fifth shutout of the season.
Saturday’s win was the eighth in a row for Stevens. She has now gone 13 consecutive appearances with two runs or fewer allowed to drop her earned run average from 2.61 to 1.91.
A two-out rally started by the bottom of the Sooners lineup in the fifth inning gave Stevens all the run support she would need.
No. 7 hitter Destinee Martinez led off with an infield single. Two batters later, junior Callie Parsons poked a single through the legs of Baylor third baseman Sarah Smith. Fellow junior Georgia Casey then drove a fly ball deep to left field. It was knocked down by a strong wind blowing in, but it was deep enough to move both runners up into scoring position.
On the first pitch she saw, sophomore Kady Self pulled a single through the left side to plate Martinez. Junior Shelby Pendley followed with a single of her own to left field on a 1-1 pitch to bring home Parsons and put the Sooners on top 2-0.
Baylor had one last scoring chance in the seventh inning as Smith drew a one-out walk and took second on a wild pitch. With the tying run at the plate, Stevens got No. 5 hitter Holly Holl to fly out to left field and then induced a flyout to Martinez in center field to end the game.
Oklahoma and Baylor wrap up the series Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for noon.