AUSTIN, Texas – No. 11/9 Oklahoma (35-7, 6-0 Big 12) completed a three-game sweep of Texas for the third straight season and pushed its overall win streak in the series to 10 after a 6-0 shutout of the Longhorns (20-18, 0-6 Big 12) Sunday at McCombs Field.
Sunday’s win was also the 21st in a row for the Sooners in conference play, equaling the school record that was set from April 1, 2001, to April 10, 2002. In addition, the victory extended the team’s record road win streak to 18 games.
Sophomore Shay Knighten kept up her stellar weekend by going 2-2 with a run scored, RBI and two walks. She finished the series 5-8 (.625) with two runs scored, a double, a home run, three walks and five runs batted in. She also posted a .727 on-base percentage and 1.125 slugging percentage and extended her hitting streak to a season-best six games.
Juniors Nicole Pendley and Kelsey Arnold also collected two-hit games. OU’s starting 1-4 combined to go 1-11 (.091) at the plate, but 5-9 was 6-16 (.375).
Fresh off a save in game two of the series, junior Paige Lowary got the start and the win in game three. Now 9-1 on the year, she struck out six with no runs or walks while scattering five hits. Over her last 28.2 innings covering nine appearances, Lowary has given up just one earned run for a 0.24 earned run average.
Fellow junior Paige Parker came on in relief Sunday to cover the final 1.2 innings, striking out two with no baserunners allowed. With her two strikeouts, Parker now has 635 in her career to move into fourth place in OU history ahead of Jennifer Stewart (634).
Texas only got one runner past second base when Kelli Hanzel hit a two-out triple into the left field corner in the fourth, but the very next pitch resulted in a lineout to third base.
After failing to score in the first inning for the first time in 10 games, the Sooners made up for it in the second by sending 11 to the plate and scoring five runs.
Knighten led off with the first hit of the game, a single up the middle. Pendley followed with a single of her own as she chopped a single to first base and hustled down the line. Freshman Alissa Dalton attempted to sacrifice both runners into scoring position, but the ball was thrown away by third baseman Celina Felix, allowing Knighten to score, Pendley to take third and Dalton to move up to second.
Two batters later with Dalton on third and Arnold on second, senior Macey Hatfield hit a grounder to first base but the throw home from Kelli Hanzel was late to get Dalton out at the plate. As Hatfield stole second, Texas tried to pick off Arnold at third, but the throw from Taylor Ellsworth hit off Arnold’s helmet into left field, allowing Arnold to score the third run of the game.
Freshman Nicole Mendes made it 4-0 with an RBI double to left field, while later in the inning Knighten came up again with a hit as she pulled a ball down the left field line to bring home sophomore Caleigh Clifton for the fifth OU run of the frame.
OU picked up another run in the third.
Dalton walked and moved to second on an infield single by Arnold. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, while another wild pitch two batters later allowed Dalton to score from third.
Oklahoma is back in action next weekend with a three-game series at Kansas (21-18, 3-6 Big 12). First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, while Saturday’s game is set for a noon start.