With rivalries taking place on the diamond, the Oklahoma Sooners took quick control of the series against the Texas Longhorns. Collecting a 3-2 win on Friday, the Sooners pushed their road win streak 17 games. Behind plenty of talent and experience, Patty Gasso expects much of her squad in true road games. However, that may be amplified when a rivalry is factored into the equation.
Offensively, the Sooners scored in the first inning to take a slim lead on a double from Face Aviu. Sending the ball to right center, the outfielder allowed Caleigh Clifton to cross the plate with two outs.
Adding a bit of insurance in the fifth inning, Oklahoma added two more runs to the scoreboard for a 3-0 lead. After a walk, Clifton advanced to second thanks to a throwing error after Sydney Romero put the ball in play. A double from possibly the best hitter in the conference, Shay Knighten, gave the sophomore two more RBIs to boost an already impressive resume. Hoping to grow the lead, the opportunity faded with a fly ball to end the inning.
From there, Texas looked to make things interesting and possibly even the series. Finding success at the plate, the Longhorns pushed one run home. The run proved the be final of the evening for either team.
Defensively, OU opted to throw Mariah Lopez. The freshmen continues to produce at a high level. In 4.2 innings of work on Saturday, the California native struck out two batters while giving up just one run. Moving to 12-1 on the season, Lopez is clearly the future of the program.
Oklahoma currently sits at 5-0 in conference play. Sporting a 9-game winning streak when playing Texas, they’ll look to complete the sweep of the Longhorns on Sunday.