The Oklahoma Sooners started Saturday with a second consecutive loss to Cal Poly. Playing a double-header, Paige Lowary took the circle looking to end the weekend on a high note. Pitching a complete game, Lowary secured a 6-0 shutout victory over DePaul improving to 7-1 individually while OU moved to 24-7 on the season.
Offensively, Oklahoma recorded a single hit through three innings. However, that quickly changed in the fourth. Fale Aviu reached on and single and advanced to scoring position later on a wild pitch. With a legitimate opportunity to score the first run of the afternoon, Shay Knighten stepped up to the plate. Reaching base on fielder’s choice, things appeared to be rolling in the right direction for the Sooners.
Walking the next batter, Nicole Pendley stepped on to officially load the bases. Threatening to tilt the game in favor of the crimson and cream, Macey Hatfield struck a double to left field as the coaching staff sent two base runners home. Oklahoma managed a 2-0 lead before the end of the inning taking control of the game.
Yet, the next inning provided the final four runs of the game — all in favor of OU. Leading things off, Nicole Mendes successfully bunted herself to first. Following it up, Caliegh Clifton reach on an error while Sydney Romero singled once again loading the bases. Three subsequent singles allowed four base runners to cross home putting the game out of reach for DePaul.