Juarez Throws Perfect Game in Run-Rule Win
AMES, Iowa – Junior pitcher Giselle “G” Juarez recorded the second perfect game of her career as the No. 1/1 Oklahoma softball team run-ruled Iowa State 14-0 in five innings on Sunday to seal the series sweep.
The Sooners improved to 45-2 on the year and 15-0 in Big 12 play. OU has won a nation-leading 35 consecutive games, extending a program record.
Oklahoma has also won 40 straight games in conference play.
Juarez retired all 15 batters she faced to register her second perfect game of 2019 and the 14th in program history. She was also perfect against Loyola Marymount on March 14; Juarez joins Paige Parker as the only Sooners to record multiple perfect games in one season.
The Glendale, Ariz., native struck out 12 batters on Sunday. It marked her eighth game this season with double-digit strikeouts and her highest strikeout total against a Big 12 opponent this season. Juarez remained undefeated on the year, improving to 20-0.
"G was exceptional today," OU head coach Patty Gasso said. "I'm really, really pleased with her approach. The offense: off the bench, everybody contributed. It couldn't be any better than what we just saw."
The Oklahoma offense was powered by home runs from Falepolima Aviu, Caleigh Clifton, Raegan Rogers and Audrie LaValley. Overall, the Sooners scored 14 runs on 11 hits.
The Sooners opened scoring with a five-run second inning. After Shay Knighten led off with a walk and Nicole Mendes reached on an error, Lynnsie Elam used a sacrifice bunt to put two runners in scoring position.
Grace Lyons singled to left field to plate Knighten. Sydney Romero then laid down a squeeze bunt that gave Mendes the space to reach home.
Aviu and Clifton then hit back-to-back home runs to put three runs on the board for OU. It marked the fifth time this season that two Sooners hit consecutive home runs; most recently, Lyons and Romero combined on March 27 against Tulsa.
With two runners in scoring position in the fourth, Elam hit an infield grounder to plate pinch runner Audrie LaValley. Mendes then scored on an error.
The Sooners put two runners on the corners to open the fourth, and Grace Green capitalized with an RBI double that scored Caleigh Clifton. Mendes singled through the right side, driving in Jocelyn Alo and Green.
In the top of the fifth, Oklahoma put two runners on base with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Rogers entered the game to pinch hit and crushed a three-run homer to left-center.
Two batters later, LaValley also came in to pinch hit and delivered with her first career home run, a solo shot to right field.
Up next, the Sooners return to Oklahoma to face Oklahoma State May 3-5. OU travels to Stillwater on Friday, hosts the Cowgirls in Norman on Saturday and returns to Stillwater on Sunday.