LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- No. 9/10 Oklahoma (23-6) was held to just one hit as the Sooners fell to Cal Poly (19-7) Friday at the LMU Tournament, 3-1.
It was the first loss for OU this year by more than one run, though the team’s six losses this year have come by a combined seven runs. All the losses have come against teams ranked or receiving votes at the time of the game.
Friday’s contest was also the latest in a series of tight games between Oklahoma and Cal Poly. OU leads the all-time series 5-1 now, but all six games have been decided by three runs or fewer.
Oklahoma’s lone hit came in the first inning as sophomore Sydney Romero hit a solo home run to left field, extending her career best hitting streak to 12 games. It was her third homer of the season, all of which have come in the last four games. OU’s only other baserunner came in the seventh inning when sophomore Fale Aviu was hit by a pitch with two outs.
Freshman Nicole Mendes saw her hitting streak end at eight games, while sophomore Caleigh Clifton’s on-base streak of 15 games, the longest streak by a Sooner this year, also came to a stop.
Cal Poly starter Sierra Hyland struck out nine and walked none to earn the win. After Romero’s two-out home run in the first, the three-time all-region honoree retired the next 18 batters she faced before hitting Aviu with a pitch.
Oklahoma starter Mariah Lopez suffered her first loss of the season and now sports an 8-1 record. Lopez was perfect through four innings, retiring all 12 batters she faced, but she gave up three runs in the fifth. Lopez finished with three runs allowed on four hits and one walk with six strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work.
Hyland led off the fifth with the first hit of the game for the Mustangs on a single up the middle, while Courtney Tyler walked to put two on. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners up and Makenna Young tied the game with a single into right field. Hailey Martin then sent a deep fly to right field where Aviu made a leaping catch against the wall, but Tyler was able to score the go-ahead run on the sacrifice fly.
Later in the inning, Amanda Sandoval added an RBI single to extend the lead to 3-1 for Cal Poly.
Oklahoma got the tying run to the plate in the seventh when Aviu was hit by a pitch with two outs, but a strikeout ended the game.
The Sooners conclude their week-long stay in California Saturday with two more games at the LMU Tournament. OU has a rematch with Cal Poly at 11 a.m. CT before facing DePaul at 1 p.m. CT.