NORMAN – No. 3/5 Oklahoma softball opened Big 12 play in dominant fashion on Friday, taking down Texas Tech 8-0 in five innings.
The win was sparked by the Sooners' power at the plate in the first inning as Sydney Romero, Jocelyn Alo, Nicole Pendley and Caleigh Clifton all homered to give OU a 6-0 lead.
“That was the biggest first-inning offensive explosion I’ve seen in a long, long time from any team,” OU head coach Patty Gasso said. “It really started in the dugout when we started on defense. Our dugout really got things started with momentum, and then obviously, Syd coming up with the lead-off home run really sets a tone, and it kind of just kept going from there.”
Four blasts in one frame is one shy of matching the program record five set in 2015 against East Carolina. Oklahoma last had four homers in one inning on April 14, 2017 in the fourth inning against Kansas.
Alo's two-run homer was the 13th blast of her freshman season, leading the Big 12. Romero's lead-off shot was her eighth homer this year while Pendley's home run, which scored two, was her seventh. Clifton recorded her fifth homer of the season with a solo blast.
Romero and Pendley led Oklahoma at the plate on Friday, both finishing 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
The Sooners secured their tenth run-rule win of the season with two runs in the bottom of the third. Romero doubled to right center to drive in pinch runner Hannah Sparks from third, and Fale Aviu later singled to plate Romero.
Pitchers Paige Parker and Parker Conrad combined on OU's 14th shutout of the season. Parker won her 10th straight decision and moved to 15-1 on the season as she tossed 4.0 frames, allowing one hit and no runs while striking out seven and walking two. She lowered her conference-leading ERA to 0.35 over 80.0 innings of work this year.
Conrad closed the final frame with one hit and two strikeouts.
Overall, OU is now 26-2 on the season while Texas Tech fell to 20-11. The Sooners have won 17 straight games and extended their home winning streak to 15, which dates back to last year.
The Sooners and Red Raiders continue their conference-opening series on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Oklahoma and Fox College Sports Central and will be on the air via KEBC 1560 AM or online through the Franchise 2.