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Four Homers Secure Sweep at Kansas

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

LAWRENCE, Kan. – With four home runs in the weekend finale , the No. 2/2 Oklahoma softball team run-ruled Kansas 8-0 in six innings on Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark to seal the series sweep. 

The Sooners (38-2, 9-0 Big 12) have won 28 consecutive games, the longest active streak in Division I softball and the fourth-longest streak in program history. 

With three series sweeps to open 2019 Big 12 play, OU has won 34 straight conference contests, a program and a Big 12 record. 

Through 40 games this year, the Sooners have run-ruled 21 opponents and earned 19 shutouts. 

"We had a strong start and a strong finish," OU head coach Patty Gasso said. "I liked the way they finished strong... I wish we had a little bit better execution, but for the most part I thought we did a really good job." 

Freshman Grace Green went 2-for-2 on Sunday, sending both of her hits out of the park. She scored two runs and drove in four while drawing a pair of walks. 

Sydney Romero and Caleigh Clifton also homered in the contest. Romero went 2-for-3 overall while Clifton finished with three RBIs. 

In the circle, Shannon Saile scattered three hits over four shutout innings. She struck out seven batters while improving to 8-1 on the year. 

Mariah Lopez and Giselle Juarez each threw one inning in relief, both retiring all three batters faced. Lopez registered one strikeout while Juarez tallied two. 

Romero led off the game with a walk before Nicole Mendes reached on an error. Caleigh Clifton then crushed her second homer of the weekend and 12th of the season, a shot over the left-field wall. 

After the next three innings were scoreless, Grace Green hit a bomb to left to lead off the fifth. 

The Sooners moved into run-rule territory with four runs in the top of the sixth. Romero drilled a homer to center field, her 15th of the season. With 49 career homers, Romero ranks sixth all-time in program history. 

Mendes doubled before Clifton was hit by a pitch for the 61st time in her career. Green then hit her second home run of the day, good for her second game of the season with multiple home runs. She has hit 12 home runs so far in her freshman campaign. 

Oklahoma continues its road swing next week, traveling to Austin, Texas, for a three-game series at Texas April 18-20.

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