Juarez Throws One-Hitter, OU Run-Rules KU
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior Giselle Juarez recorded a one-hit shutout as the No. 2/2 Oklahoma softball team run-ruled Kansas 10-0 in six innings on Friday night at Arrocha Ballpark.
With the win, the Sooners improved to 36-2 on the year and 7-0 in Big 12 play, extending their nation-leading winning streak to 26 straight games. Oklahoma has also won 32 consecutive Big 12 games, improving upon a program and conference record.
Overall, OU has run-ruled 20 opponents and shut out 17 in 2019.
Juarez struck out 11 batters, marking her fifth showing this season with double-digit strikeouts. The Glendale, Ariz., product improved to 16-0 on the year as she earned the second shutout of her junior campaign.
Offensively, Oklahoma drew a season-high 11 walks. It marked the first time that OU drew at least 10 walks in a single game since also walking 10 times against Kansas on April 14, 2018.
Grace Green went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, three RBIs and a home run. Caleigh Clifton also homered in the contest, while Sydney Romero registered a pair of RBIs.
After the first three innings were scoreless, Oklahoma jumped on top with five runs in the top of the fourth. Falepolima Aviu led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. Green then singled up the middle to bring Aviu home.
An error and a walk loaded the bases. Raegan Rogers and Lynnsie Elam then drew back-to-back walks to plate two, and an infield grounder off the bat of Grace Lyons gave Nicole Mendes the space to reach home. Romero singled through the right side to drive in Rogers.
In the fifth, Mendes singled to right center before an error in the outfield allowed Shay Knighten to score.
The Sooners scored four runs in the sixth to move into run-rule territory. Eliyah Flores led off the frame with a pinch-hit double before a grounder moved her to third.
Romero hit a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Flores. It marked the 12th sacrifice fly of Romero's career, giving her an outright hold on second place in program history.
Clifton then crushed a solo homer to left field, her 11th blast of the season. After Aviu walked, Green drilled a home run of her own to dead center, good for her 10th shot of the year.
The second game of the series is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday.