The Oklahoma Sooners found themselves in a pitcher’s dual with Western Kentucky during Sunday’s Courtyard Marriott Tournament. Getting the start, coach Patty Gasso gave the nod to freshman Mariah Lopez once again. Pitching a complete game, the righty surrendered four hits along with a single earned run. The effort proved enough to secure a 2-1 win over WKU.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Oklahoma plated the first and second runs of the afternoon. With one swing of the bat, Sidney Romero knocked a single sending the runners off to the races. Kelsey Arnold crossed home first followed by Caliegh Clifton coming from second. Hoping to put herself in scoring position, Fale Aviu attempted to make her way to third base from first. However, she was called out to end the scoring opportunity.
Looking to answer with three outs remaining, Western Kentucky’s Tommi Stowers stepped up to the plate. On the first pitch of the inning, Stowers sent the ball over the left field fence. Pulling to within one, WKU looked to rally against the freshman pitcher and three remaining outs.
Composing herself, Lopez rocked and fired away sitting down the next three batters in order. Going the distance Lopez earned a fifth win of the season and remains unbeaten during her young career at 5-0.
Oklahoma is set to take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Wednesday, March 8th at 6:00 PM.