OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After defeating Louisiana Tech earlier in the day, No. 13/12 Oklahoma (27-7) completed its Oklahoma City sweep by taking care of UAB (11-19) at the College Preview Tournament, 5-2, Saturday night.
Oklahoma scored all of its runs within the first three innings to win its 10th straight regular season game at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. OU has also won nine of its last 10 games overall at the venue.
Sophomores Sydney Romero and Shay Knighten and freshman Nicole Mendes accounted for seven of Oklahoma’s eight hits, going a combined 7-10 (.700) with three runs scored and four runs batted in. Romero was 3-3 with two runs scored and her fourth home run of the season, while Mendes and Knighten each collected two hits in the win.
Junior Paige Parker got the win, running her record to 10-5 on the year. Parker came on to start the fourth and posted nine strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work. She allowed one run on one hit and one walk. The appearance was No. 110 in Parker’s career, tying Patti Graham (’81-84) for seventh in OU history.
Making her first career start, Mendes went the first 3.0 innings, allowing one run on two hits and three walks with a career-high five strikeouts.
Oklahoma aided Mendes with two quick runs in the first.
Mendes helped her own cause by leading off the game with a bunt single and stealing. Clifton was then hit by a pitch for the 13th time this year, tying Norelle Dickson (2007) for eighth in OU single-season history. Two batters later, Romero singled to right to load the bases. A sacrifice fly from sophomore Fale Aviu put the Sooners on top, while Knighten followed with an RBI double.
After striking out the side in the first, Mendes ran into trouble in the second as UAB sent seven batters to the plate and loaded the bases with one out. Mendes did walk in a run, but she then got a lineout to Romero at third and a flyout to centerfield to end the threat.
Mendes atoned for the run in the bottom of the inning when she drilled a two-run homer to right center, her second home run in as many games. Romero then added a fifth run for Oklahoma when she led off the third with a solo home run to left field, her fourth long ball of the year.
UAB got one run back in the fifth when Analyse Petree hit a solo home run, but Parker settled down after that. She retired the final six batters, striking out the side in the fifth and picking up two more strikeouts in the seventh.
Oklahoma closes out the College Preview Tournament Sunday back in Norman in a rematch against the Blazers. First pitch at Marita Hynes Field is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT.