Four Homers Lift OU to Series Win at TTU
LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 2/2 Oklahoma hit four home runs en route to an 8-3, series-clinching victory over No. 14/12 Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.
With the win, the Sooners (28-2, 2-0 Big 12) extended their winning streak to 18. Oklahoma has also won its last 27 Big `1 games, good for the longest streak of consecutive conference wins in program history.
Additionally, OU has gone undefeated in its last 49 conference series (45-0-4 in that span), with its last Big 12 series loss coming in 2011.
Freshman Grace Green went 3-for-4 at the plate on Saturday with two home runs and a double. She drove in two runs and scored three.
Also homering in the contest were Nicole Mendes and Sydney Romero, who each finished with two RBIs. Romero scored three runs total and also recorded a double while reaching base in every appearance after drawing two walks.
Shannon Saile earned the win in the circle, improving to 5-1 on the year. She scattered two hits and allowed no runs while striking out a season-high 10 batters over 5.1 innings of relief, her longest outing this season.
"She had a good approach and threw some really good pitches," OU head coach Patty Gasso said of Saile's performance. "She threw some big strikeouts when we needed them against a team that knows how to create momentum."
Oklahoma opened scoring in the top of the second. After Grace Green led off the frame with a double, Nicole Mendes crushed a two-run blast to right center.
Grace Lyons singled up the middle before Sydney Romero drilled a two-run homer of her own. It was Romero's 44th career home run, putting her in a tie for ninth place in program history.
Texas Tech's Taylor Satchell and Breanna Russell opened the bottom of the frame with back-to-back doubles to bring a run across. With two runners in scoring position, Karli Hamilton hit another double to score them both and put the Red Raiders within one.
Green responded by opening the third inning with a home run over the left-field wall.
"I think it's really good to play against a team that's going not make us fight," Green said. "It makes us step up a little bit more. When they came back with three runs in the second inning, it was time for us to get after it."
In the fourth, Romero doubled down the left-field line before Caleigh Clifton drove her in with a single to center.
With two outs and a runner on first in the bottom of the fifth, a line drive from TTU's Trenity Edwards appeared destined for extra bases, but Falepolima Aviu tracked it down and made an -inning-ending snag. She then doubled in the top of the sixth to score Romero and extend the Sooner advantage to 7-3.
Leading off the seventh, Green hit her second home run and third extra-base hit of the day. It marked her first career game with multiple home runs and the sixth homer of her freshman season.
Mariah Lopez started in the circle for the Sooners, surrendering runs on four hits in the first 1.2 frames.
"It was a good test for us today," Gasso said. "When we play the second game, we want to think of it as a must-win... Regardless of what happens tomorrow, we've won the series, which is important to us."
OU's series at Texas Texas is scheduled to conclude on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CT.