Entering a three game series against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls, the Oklahoma Sooners needed a single win to secure a Big 12 Regular Season Title. On the other side of the equation, O-State looked to end a run of dominance. However, they’d need a three game sweep to steal the crown. In game one, the defending National and Conference Champions posted a shutout win (3-0). The effort secured a sixth consecutive Big 12 Regular Season Championship for Oklahoma.
Although Paige Parker earned the start, it was Paige Lowary tossing the final pitch. Parker threw 5.1 innings while giving up four hits. Yet, the ace sat down eight batters without surrendering a run. The work boosted Parker’s current scoreless steak to 23.1 innings. Lowary on the other hand closed out the final 1.2 innings in the circle. With the save, the pitcher collected a fifth save moving into sole possession of most saves in a single season. The two combined for a 16th shutout of the season.
Offensively, the two rivals played to a stalemate through three innings. In the fourth inning, Shay Knighten reached first as the lead-off hitter. Making her way to second on another single from Syndey Romero, the Sooners put a runner in scoring position for the second time on the day. Capitalizing on the opportunity, Macey Hatfield knocked a double down the line sending Knighten across the plate for the first run of the evening.
The Sooners added two insurance runs in a pitcher’s dual later in the fifth. Fale Aviu’s double added two RBIs to her resume putting things out of reach for the Cowgirls. Aviu now has 14 mutli-RBI games under her belt on this campaign.
The series action returns on Friday in Norman.