OU Takes Down McNeese, 6-1
NORMAN – In its first midweek matchup of the 2019 season, the No. 3/3 Oklahoma softball team earned a 6-1 victory over McNeese on Tuesday afternoon at Marita Hynes Field.
With the win, OU (16-2) extended its home winning streak to 37 games, good for the second-longest streak in program history.
Junior Shannon Saile improved to 3-1 on the season with the win in the circle. She allowed just one hit while striking out nine. Classmates Nicole Mendes, Mariah Lopez and Parker Conrad all threw one inning in relief.
"I thought the pitching staff did a good job tag-teaming, to get out there and show different looks," OU head coach Patty Gasso said. "Offensively, we were a little bit sluggish. We left too many routine fly balls in the air, but there were some balls that were hit very hard — Grace Green having three of them."
Freshman Grace Green led Oklahoma's offensive effort, finishing the day 3-for-3 with a run scored, two RBIs and a home run.
Senior Sydney Romero went 2-for-2 at the plate, scoring a run and driving in one. Mendes earned her second multi-RBI performance of the season thanks to a sixth-inning homer.
The Sooners jumped out to a four-run lead in the bottom of the third. With a runner on third, Romero laid down a squeeze bunt that gave Grace Lyons the space to reach home.
Shay Knighten then hit a sacrifice fly to right that plated Raegan Rogers.
With Romero still on base, Green crushed her third home run of the season and first at Marita Hynes Field to double the Sooner advantage.
The Cowgirls (8-13) cut into OU's lead with a solo home run from Brenique Wright in the top of the fifth.
McNeese continued to threaten in the sixth, putting two runners on with no outs. Lopez entered the game needed just five pitches to get out of the jam, striking out the first batter she faced. Eliyah Flores then made a diving catch at second before catching a runner in the basepath to turn a double play and end the Cowgirls' threat.
Mendes extended the Sooner lead to five in the sixth, drilling her second home run of the season over the right-field wall to score two.
OU wraps up its seven-game homestand this weekend as it hosts Northwestern, Drake and GCU in the Sooners’ final home tournament. Tulsa will also compete in the event. Tickets are sold out for the weekend.