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Second Straight Run-Rule Seals Series Sweep

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN – No. 2/2 Oklahoma softball earned its fourth consecutive conference series sweep of the season on Sunday with a 10-1 run-rule victory over Kansas in five innings at Marita Hynes Field. 

The win was OU's second straight by run-rule and its 16th run-rule of the season. The Sooners have now won 29 straight games, a streak that currently leads the nation and matches OU's second best in program history. 

The Sooners moved to 38-2 on the season with a 12-0 mark in Big 12 play, improving its best conference start in program history. With the win over Kansas (25-18, 0-9 Big 12), OU is now 20-0 at home this year and has won 24 straight games at Marita Hynes Field, dating back to the 2017 season. 

“I felt really good about today,” OU head coach Patty Gasso said. “I felt this was a good team effort. (There were) really good, quality at-bats – I think you could feel our offense coming back in the groove.”

Nicole Mendes and Kelsey Arnold were each 2-for-2 at the plate on Sunday, both tallying one run and one RBI. Caleigh Clifton and Fale Aviu both homered in the contest, finishing the day 1-for-2 at the plate. Clifton scored one run and drove in two while Aviu scored two and drove in one. 

Paige Parker and Paige Lowary combined in the circle in the series finale. Parker improved to 21-1 on the season, giving up no hits or runs while walking one and striking out three over 3.0 innings. Lowary closed the final 2.0 frames, surrending one run on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts. 

The Sooners jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Shay Knighten put OU on the board first with a sacrifice fly to center that brought Sydney Romero home.

After Nicole Pendley walked, Clifton hit her seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field.

Mendes singled on a bunt and moved to third on a single by Lea Wodach. Arnold then singled through the right side to drive in Mendes.  

OU added another run in the second when Mendes singled with the bases loaded to bring Romero across home plate.

The Sooners capitalized on more bases-loaded opportunities in the third to score four more. With three runners on, back-to-back singles from Knighten and Pendley drove in Arnold, Aviu and Jocelyn Alo.

Raegan Rogers singled to load the bases once more, and Wodach drew a walk that brought pinch runner Kylie Lundberg home.

Kansas got on the board in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Harli Ridling.

In the bottom of the frame, Aviu led off with her third home run of the season, a shot over the right center wall.

Up next, the Sooners hit the road on Tuesday, traveling to Tulsa for a midweek matchup at 6 p.m. CT. 

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