When it comes to Oklahoma Softball the numbers tell the story and 53-2 are the numbers that you’re looking for. That’s Oklahoma combined runs scored to runs allowed in their opening Big 12 series against Texas Tech and Baylor. The numbers tell you that this team is equally as dangerous offensively as they are defensively.
The Sooners are on their way back to Norman having just swept #15 Baylor, by a combined score of 19-1, and increasing their winning streak to 22 games.
Going into Saturday’s game against Baylor Oklahoma led the Big 12 in team batting (.400) and team pitching (0.26 ERA). Caleigh Clifton leads a slew of Sooners hitting .400 or better with a .529 average. Kelsie Arnold (.500), Jocelyn Alo (.500), Sydney Romero (.438), and Shay Knighten (.429) all have out of this world batting averages in conference play, while Paige Parker and Mariah Lopez have been untouchable in conference play with 0.00 ERAs.
Saturday’s 4-1 win was a complete microcosm of what this team can do. The Sooners spread their four runs over seven innings with Romero and Nicole Pendley going yard in the first and fifth innings. Their depth struck in the seventh when Kylie Lundberg knocked in Pendley and Clifton.
Paige Parker and Paige Lowary combined to strike out seven and allow just five hits, and a run, in seven innings of pitching as Baylor fell victim to the machine that is Oklahoma Softball. There isn’t a hole in their lineup, there isn’t a hole in their defense, and their certainly isn’t a weak arm in the circle.
Eighteen of Oklahoma’s thirty-one wins this season have come by way of a shutout. The Sooners are off to Ames next weekend to play Iowa State.