Win Streak Reaches 30 After Extra-Inning Victory
AUSTIN, Texas – In its first extra-inning game of the season, the No. 1/1 Oklahoma softball outlasted No. 11/10 Texas 4-3 in eight innings on Friday night at McCombs Field.
The Sooners pushed their nation-leading win streak to 30 games, matching the second-longest winning streak in program history.
With a 40-2 record on the year, the 2019 Sooners have set a school record for the fewest games played in order to reach 40 wins. Previously, the 2013 and 2018 teams reached the milestone in 43 games.
Oklahoma has won 36 consecutive Big 12 games, extending a program and conference record. OU is now undefeated in its last 52 Big 12 series (48-0-4 in that span), winning or splitting every series since 2011.
"That was one of the hardest-fought games we've had all season," OU head coach Patty Gasso said. "I thought our pitching staff really worked its tail off to keep us in the game, and there was some timely hitting at the end. We had some great defense as well.
"This was a game we really needed to prepare us for the future," Gasso continued. "I'm really proud of the way they attacked it and how they finished."
The Longhorns struck first as Mary Iakopo hit an RBI single to score Janae Jefferson. It marked the first time since March 14 that the Sooners trailed a game.
After being held scoreless in the first three innings, OU took the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth. Caleigh Clifton tripled to right field before Jocelyn Alo drew a walk to put runners on the corners. When pinch runner Raegan Rogers stole second, a throwing error gave Clifton room to race home.
Grace Green then singled to right field to drive in Rogers and put OU on top.
Texas tied the game in the bottom of the sixth as Kaitlyn Slack laid down a squeeze bunt to score pinch runner Tuesday DerMargosian.
In the top of the eighth, Sydney Romero doubled and Falepolima Aviu singled to put two runners in scoring position. Clifton hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Romero, before Aviu stole home to extend the Sooner lead to two.
Texas pushed for a comeback in the bottom of the inning, putting two runners on base with two outs. Slack scored on a throwing error, but OU catcher Lynnsie Elam tagged MK Tedder out at home to end the game and seal the Sooner victory.
Giselle Juarez earned the win to improve to 18-0 on the year. She tossed 4.0 innings in relief, surrendering two runs on six hits while striking out a pair.
Oklahoma starting pitcher Mariah Lopez opened the game with a strong 4.0 frames of work, allowing one run on six hits while striking out five.
The series finale is set for 1 p.m. CT Saturday.