Wodach's Walk-Off Single Secures Sweep of UT

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Andie Beene
By Andie Beene
Assistant Director of Communications
APRIL 29, 2018
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NORMAN – Trailing twice in the series finale, the No. 3/3 Oklahoma softball team used four home runs and a walk-off single to take down Texas 5-4 in eight innings Sunday afternoon at Marita Hynes Field. 

Freshman Jocelyn Alo homered twice in the contest while Shay Knighten and Nicole Pendley both registered solo shots. Lea Wodach delivered the game-winning single, drilling a base hit through the left side that brought Pendley home from third. 

The Sooners (44-3 overall) remained undefeated in Big 12 play, extending their program-best conference start to 15-0. OU has now won 27 consecutive home games dating back to 2017, a streak that ranks fourth in program history, and 22 straight Big 12 games, good for second-best in school annals. 

Additionally, Oklahoma has now won its last 14 meetings with Texas (28-21, 10-6 Big 12) and swept the last four conference series between the programs. 

A total of seven pitchers appeared in the contest. For Oklahoma, Mariah Lopez entered in relief in the top of the first and shut down the Texas offense for 3.0 innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while fanning three. Parker Conrad took over for the next 1.1 frames, also only surrendering one hit and one walk.

Paige Lowary earned the win, moving to 6-1 on the year. She tossed the final 3.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out two. 

OU chased Texas starting pitcher Erica Wright in the fourth after she gave up a home run. Relief pitcher Brook Bolinger threw the next 2.0 frames, also exiting the contest after surrendering a home run. Paige von Sprecken allowed the Sooners' third blast of the game, ultimately pitching 1.2 innings with one run on three hits. Wright reentered in the bottom of the seventh and suffered the loss as she gave up OU's final two runs. 

For the second straight game, the Longhorns took a lead in the first inning. On Sunday, von Sprecken hit a two-run home run to give Texas a 2-0 advantage. 

Alo cut into the Texas lead in the fourth inning with a solo home run to center field. 

The Sooners went on top in the sixth as Knighten and Pendley hit back-to-back solo home runs. Knighten's shot to left field was her sixth of the year and second of the series, while Pendley's homer went to the right-field side for her 10th blast of the season.

In the seventh inning, Texas' Randel Leahy singled up the middle with two outs to drive in von Sprecken and tie the game at three. The Sooners were retired in order in the bottom of the frame to send the contest to extra innings. 

Texas once again took a lead in the top of the seventh when Malory Schattle homered to left. 

Alo responded with a bomb of her own in the bottom of the frame. The solo shot to center was Alo's 23rd of the season and tied the game at four. 

Later in the inning, the Sooners had two outs with two runners in scoring position. Facing a 2-2 count, Wodach delivered a single through the left-side gap that brought Pendley across home plate and sealed the win.  

Up next, OU concludes conference play with a three-game series against Oklahoma State. The Sooners and the Cowgirls will face off Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Norman, Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Stillwater and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Norman.

With the win on Sunday, the Sooners clinched at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title. One win in the Oklahoma State series would give OU the title outright.