OU Run-Rules Tech, Game Two Suspended
OKLAHOMA CITY – No. 1/1 Oklahoma softball opened the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Softball Championship with a six-inning, 8-0 victory over No. 15/18 Texas Tech before its game against Kansas was postponed due to rain.
The game between the Sooners and the Jayhawks was suspended in the top of the fourth inning with Oklahoma on top 5-0. It is scheduled to resume at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday.
With its win against the Red Raiders, OU improved to 49-2 on the season. The Sooners extended their program-record winning streak to 39 games, which stands as the longest single-season streak in NCAA Division I history and the second-longest run all-time (Arizona won 47 straight from April 5, 1996-March 23, 1997).
In game one, Giselle Juarez and Shannon Saile combined on OU's 23rd shutout of the season. Juarez remained undefeated on the year, improving to 22-0 as she allowed just one hit over five innings of work. She struck out 11 batters, marking her sixth consecutive start with double-digit strikeouts.
Saile closed the final inning, striking out a pair.
Oklahoma opened scoring with two runs in the top of the second. With runners on the corners, Lynnsie Elam laid down a sacrifice bunt that gave Grace Green the space to reach home. Nicole Mendes then scored on a wild pitch.
The Sooners loaded the bases in the bottom of the third, and another wild pitch gave Falepolima Aviu the chance to score. Shay Knighten then drilled a double off the left-center wall to score Green and Jocelyn Alo.
OU sealed their 23rd run-rule win of the season in walk-off fashion. With runners on first and second, Green recorded her first career triple as she smoked a line drive down the right-field line, scoring Caleigh Clifton and Alo.
Knighten then drove a single to left field to bring Green home and end the game in the bottom of the sixth.
The Sooners opened the nightcap hot as Sydney Romero and Aviu led off the game with back-to-back doubles to put a run on the board for OU.
The momentum carried into the top of the second as OU scored four runs on four hits. With two runners in scoring position, Grace Lyons singled to center to score Mendes.
Romero followed with a double to left that plated Lynnsie Elam.
Aviu then drilled a single up the middle to bring both Lyons and Romero home.
The Sooners loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the fourth before play was suspended. For information and updates on this weekend's action, follow the Sooners on Twitter and Instagram (@OU_Softball) and like Oklahoma Softball on Facebook.