Sooners Shut Out, 1-0, by No. 13 Washington

Karl Anderson
By Karl Anderson
Assistant Director of Communications
FEBRUARY 11, 2017
13/13 Washington
1/1 Oklahoma
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
OU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
UW 0 1 0 0 0 0 x 1 6 0
W - Alvelo (3-0) 7.0 5 0 0 2 2
L - Parker (1-1) 3.1 4 1 1 0 0
S - N/A - - - - - -
Individual Leaders
OU - Hatfield 3 0 2 0 0 0
UW - Van Zee 3 1 1 1 0 1
Game Notes
Oklahoma now trails in the all-time series against Washington 12-11 ... the Sooners are 37-5 all-time as the No. 1 team in the country ... Oklahoma was shut out for the first time since suffering a 1-0 loss in the 2016 season opener against Minnesota ... Caleigh Clifton extended her career long hitting streak to seven games dating back to last season, while Fale Aviu saw her career long hitting streak end at seven games ... Nicole Pendley batted in the leadoff spot for the first time since Feb. 13 of last season against Syracuse ... Saturday was the first time in Paige Parker's 69 career starts in the circle she did not record a strikeout

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – The No. 1/1 Oklahoma softball team (2-2) was shut out for the first time since the opening game of the 2016 season after a 1-0 loss to No. 13/13 Washington (3-1) in the final game of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Saturday.

Saturday’s lone run came in the second inning when Washington’s Taylor Van Zee led off with a solo home run to right field. Oklahoma’s two losses this year have now each come by one run after a 3-2 loss to No. 2 Auburn in the season opener and Saturday’s 1-0 loss.

Junior Paige Parker took the loss and dropped to 1-1 on the year for Oklahoma. Van Zee’s homer was one of four hits she allowed in 3.1 innings. Fellow junior Paige Lowary came on in relief and threw 2.2 scoreless innings for Oklahoma. Lowary struck out one, walked two and allowed two hits.

Taran Alvelo, the 2016 Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year, became the first pitcher to shut out the Sooners since Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen did it in a similar 1-0 victory to open last season. Alvelo scattered five hits in the complete-game win, striking out two and walking two.

Senior Macey Hatfield had two of Oklahoma’s five hits for her eight career multi-hit game. Sophomore Caleigh Clifton extended her career best hitting streak to seven games with a single, while junior Kelsey Arnold and freshman Alissa Dalton also collected hits for OU.

After Washington took the lead in the second inning, Oklahoma put the tying run on base in each of the final five innings but couldn’t crack the scoreboard.

Among the chances, sophomore Sydney Romero walked and stole second with one out in the fourth, but was stranded there. Arnold, batting in the No. 9 spot, singled to lead off the fifth with the top of the order coming up behind her, but she was caught stealing and OU went quietly after that.

The seventh inning also looked promising as Hatfield collected her second hit to start the frame. However, a subsequent sacrifice bunt attempt was popped up, resulting in a double play to thwart the Sooners’ final chance.

Oklahoma is back in action next weekend in Houston, Texas, for the Rawlings Classic. The Sooners will open Friday with Incarnate Word before a rematch from last season’s NCAA Regional against Ole Miss. OU then faces host-Houston twice on Saturday to close out the weekend.



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