LOS ANGELES, Calif. – No. 9/10 Oklahoma (23-7) suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since the beginning of the 2016 season, losing to Cal Poly (21-7) by a 3-1 margin for the second straight contest at the LMU Tournament in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Sooners had better success Saturday against Mustangs starter Sierra Hyland than they did Friday, but it still wasn’t enough to overcome losing back-to-back games since falling to Minnesota and Washington in the first two games of last season.
Oklahoma also hadn’t lost in back-to-back games to the same team since losing in the Super Regionals to Alabama to close the 2015 campaign.
After being held to one hit and striking out nine times Friday against Hyland, the Sooners were able to collect six hits off of her with only five strikeouts Saturday. Sophomore Sydney Romero and senior Macey Hatfield were each 2-3 in the game for OU, with Romero pushing her career-best hit streak to 13 games.
Junior Paige Parker took the loss, dropping her record to 8-5 on the season. She allowed two runs on two hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Freshman Mariah Lopez also notched six strikeouts for Oklahoma in relief, giving up one run on four hits and a walk in 3.1 innings of work.
Like they did yesterday against the Mustangs, the Sooners struck first in their initial trip to the plate.
With one out in the first inning, sophomore Caleigh Clifton pulled a double into the left field corner, her ninth of the year to tie fellow sophomore Fale Aviu for the team lead. Sophomore Sydney Romero batted after Clifton and muscled a single into shallow right field to extend her hitting streak to a career-best 13 games. After a steal of second by Romero, Aviu drove a fly ball to left center for her team-leading third sacrifice fly of the season.
Cal Poly got that run back in the top of the second, however, when Crimson Kaiser hit a solo home run to left center. The Mustangs then pulled ahead with another run in the third as Ashley Tornio drew a one-out walk and came around to score on an RBI double by Chelsea Convissar.
The lead grew to 3-1 in the seventh as Cal Poly put up an insurance run, though the Sooners did have a chance to tie or win the game in the bottom of the inning.
Sophomore Shay Knighten led off the frame by getting hit by a pitch for the second time this year. Hatfield picked up her second hit of the game when she blooped a single down the left field line. OU tried to move the runners into scoring position but two quick outs came on a popped up bunt and strikeout. Freshman Nicole Mendes was OU’s last chance, and she hit a ground ball to Stephanie Heyward at third base. Heyward bobbled the ball but gathered it in time to step on third in a bang-bang play before Knighten could reach the base.