Sooners Shut Out Kansas to Claim Game One

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 13, 2018
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NORMAN – No. 2/2 Oklahoma softball recorded its 18th shutout win of the season on Friday night with a 5-0 victory over Kansas at Marita Hynes Field. 

With the win, the Sooners are now 10-0 in Big 12 play this season. The 10-win start matches OU's best conference start in program history, which was achieved last season. 

Oklahoma improved to 36-2 on the season overall, extending its nation-leading win streak to 27 games. The Jayhawks dropped to 25-16 (0-7 Big 12) as the Sooners won their 22nd consecutive home contest, dating back to 2017. 

Paige Parker and Paige Lowary combined on the shutout. Parker earned her 20th win of the season on her senior night, tossing the first 5.2 innings and allowing just three hits and no runs while striking out five. 

“She was extremely effective and efficient in what she was doing,” OU head coach Patty Gasso said. “I’m really pleased with what I saw from Paige (Parker).”

Lowary registered her sixth save of the season, closing the final 1.1 innings. She surrendered no runs or hits and struck out the final batter to extend her program-record career save total to 17. 

The Sooners opened scoring in the first when Caleigh Clifton was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, bringing Sydney Romero across home plate.

OU’s second run came in the bottom of the fifth. Jocelyn Alo drew a walk to lead off the inning, and pinch hitter Kylie Lundberg advanced Alo with a sacrifice bunt.

Nicole Pendley then doubled off the left-center wall to drive in Alo. It was Pendley’s fifth double of the season and 32nd RBI.

In the sixth inning, Fale Aviu and Romero both singled with two outs. Alo then drilled an inside-the-park home run to score three runs and secure OU's 5-0 win. It was her 18th home run of the season, which leads the Big 12. 

“I think we had a slow start overall offensively, and I would have liked to see our team pick up a little bit quicker to support what (Parker) was doing, but the fact that we finished strong was a good sign,” Gasso said. “Our goal for the rest of the series is to start a little bit faster and add opportunities.”

The second game of the series is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT on Saturday. It will be streamed on SoonerSports TV for premium subscribers and can be heard on the air via KEBC 1560 AM or online through the Franchise 2.