Softball Completes Perfect Opening Fall Weekend

Karl Anderson
By Karl Anderson
Assistant Director of Communications

NORMAN – After outscoring opponents 19-1 Friday night, Oklahoma added two more impressive wins to close out its annual Fall Festival Saturday with a perfect 4-0 record. The Sooners defeated Seminole State, 3-0, in the opener before topping Northern Oklahoma, 10-0, in five innings to wrap up the tournament.

On the weekend, Oklahoma outscored its opponents 32-1 and posted a .380 batting average, .471 on-base percentage and .590 slugging percentage compared to a slash line of .086/.108/.099 in the same categories for their opponents. OU pitchers posted a 0.28 earned run average and struck out 36 against just two walks in 25.0 innings.

Oklahoma returns to the field for fall action on Oct. 18 when it hosts North Central Texas College. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Oklahoma 3, Seminole State 0

Three Sooners combined on a two-hit shutout of Seminole State.

Sophomore Nicole Mendes got the start and allowed two hits in three innings of work. She struck out three and walked none before handing the ball off to fellow sophomore Mariah Lopez. The Saugus, Calif., native completed the next two innings without allowing a baserunner as she struck out two. Senior Paige Lowary closed out the game as she fanned three over the final two innings.

Oklahoma got on the board with a pair of runs in the second inning. Junior Shay Knighten walked with one out, while freshman Jocelyn Alo followed with a double to right center to put a pair into scoring position. Junior Raegen Rogers ripped a single into left field to drive home Knighten, while senior Lea Wodach’s squeeze bunt brought in pinch runner Alexa Schultz.

The 2-0 lead held until the sixth when the Sooners tacked on another run. Senior Nicole Pendley singled up the middle and was replaced by Mendes as a pinch runner. Mendes then stole second and moved to third on a throwing error, while Knighten recorded a sacrifice fly to right field to extend the advantage to 3-0.

Oklahoma 10, Northern Oklahoma 0 (5 innings)

Sophomore transfer pitcher Parker Conrad was impressive in her second start of the weekend. She struck out five and allowed just one hit in 4.0 innings of work. After giving up a two-out single in the first, Conrad retired the next 10 batters she faced. Sophomore Mariah Lopez followed Conrad and struck out two of the three batters she faced in the fifth.

Junior Sydney Romero and freshman Jocelyn Alo each recorded two hits in the win, while junior Shay Knighten was one of three players, along with Alo and senior Lea Wodach to have multi-RBI efforts.

The Sooners jumped all over Northern Oklahoma, scoring nine runs over the first three innings.

Four of those nine runs came in the first inning. Sophomore Nicole Mendes led off with a double and came home two batters later on an RBI single by Romero. Later in the frame, Knighten provided the exclamation mark when she launched a three-run home run to center field.

After a scoreless second, OU tacked on five runs in the third. Knighten drew a bases-loaded walk to start the scoring in the inning, while freshman Jocelyn Alo and senior Lea Wodach each produced two-run doubles.

For good measure, junior Kylie Lundberg tacked on a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to record OU’s 10th run of the game.