OU Puts Up 20 to Complete DH Sweep of Cyclones

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Karl Anderson
By Karl Anderson
Assistant Director of Communications
MARCH 31, 2017
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NORMAN – No. 12/12 Oklahoma (30-7, 2-0 Big 12) posted the ninth highest run total in program history as the Sooners routed Iowa State (15-21, 0-5) in five innings, 20-0, to complete a doubleheader sweep Friday at Marita Hynes Field. Oklahoma also clinched the series win over Iowa State and remains undefeated with a 19-0-3 all-time series record against the Cyclones.

Now 2-0 in league play for the sixth straight year, the Sooners hit the 20-run mark for the ninth time in program history. It was the third highest run total for the Sooners in a Big 12 game, surpassed only by 24 runs against Iowa State on April 26, 2013, and 21 runs at Texas Tech (3/29/15). The game vs. the Red Raiders was the last time OU got to 20 runs in a game.

The 20-run margin of victory tied for sixth largest in program history, while the 20-0 shutout was the second largest shutout behind a 21-0 win over Temple (3/4/07).

Oklahoma continued its dominance over Iowa State, securing its 29th straight win in the series for the second longest active win streak against another team behind a 34-game streak against Wichita State. The Cyclones have not score more than two runs in any of the past 23 meetings with OU.

Oklahoma scored six runs in the first, 10 runs in the second and four more in the fourth. The 16 runs were the most in the first two innings of a game for OU since also scoring 16 in the first two innings (11 in the 1st, 5 in the 2nd) against Iowa on March 14, 2015.

Eight different Sooners combined for 12 hits, led by a three-hit game for sophomore Shay Knighten, while 11 different Sooners scored a run, including three each for Knighten and fellow sophomores Caleigh Clifton and Fale Aviu. The team also drew a season-high 12 walks, including a career-high four free passes for junior Nicole Pendley and three for Clifton.

Senior Macey Hatfield led the run production with a career-high five runs batted in thanks to a 2-3 night that saw her hit a two-run single and three-run homer. Success against the Cyclones is nothing new for Hatfield. In nine career games against ISU, she’s hitting .706 (12-17) with a .760 on-base percentage and a slugging mark of 1.118. Of her 47 career RBI, 15 (32 percent) have come against Iowa State.

In addition to the runs and walks, the Sooners set season highs for RBI (16), home runs (3) and stolen bases (5). OU also took advantage of six errors by the Cyclones, the most by an OU opponent since New Mexico State also committed six errors last year on Feb. 19 and the most by a Big 12 team since at least 2005.

Three freshmen combined on the shutout for Oklahoma. Mariah Lopez got the start and the win to improve to 10-1 on the season as she struck out three and gave up three hits over the first 3.0 innings. Melanie Olmos gave up one hit in an inning of work, while Nicole Mendes also gave up a hit and struck out one as the Sooners posted their 11th shutout of the year.

In the six-run first, OU used a delayed steal with Mendes on third and Clifton on first to score the game’s first run. Two batters later, Aviu hit her third home run of the season, a two-run blast, to put OU up 3-0. Hatfield picked up her first two RBI of the night with a single to left later in the frame, while an RBI single from Mendes brought home the sixth run of the inning.

A 10-run second was the second highest inning of the year for OU behind only an 11-run first against Incarnate Word on Feb. 17.

Key plays included a two-run single by Knighten, a throwing error by ISU that allowed two more runs to score, Hatfield’s three-run homer (her first of the year), a two-run home run by Romero (her fifth) and an RBI single by sophomore Kylie Lundberg.

OU picked up four more runs in the fourth thanks to two Iowa State errors and a sacrifice fly from junior Kelsey Arnold.

The Sooners and Cyclones conclude their three-game series Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT.

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