The Oklahoma Sooners looked to keep their winning streak alive on Saturday against the Kansa Jayhawks. In front of a home crowd, Mariah Lopez took the circle on a cold and windy day in Norman. Despite giving up a home run in the first inning, the pitcher remained calm earning three strikeouts in the first alone but the damage was already done.
Matching the scoring total in the first, the Sooners push one run across in the bottom of the frame thanks to a bases loaded walk. Hoping to get more out of the inning, the effort fell short leaving the game knotted up at 1-1. Stepping back into the circle, Lopez showcased signs of dominance. Holding the Jayhawks at bay in the second inning, the OU offense slid up to the plate.
Exploding in the bottom of the second inning, Oklahoma once again scored on a bases loaded walk. Refusing to let to opportunity pass by this go around, Cayleigh Clifton singled to left field driving in two runs. After that, the flood gates opened the Sooners could do no wrong. Pushing the lead out to 14-1, the pressure remained squarely on the visiting team.
Holding a comfortable lead, at the conclusion of the third inning, the coaching staff opted to throw Parker Conrad. Continuing to bring the youngster along, Conrad held her own. However, she would run into a bit of trouble in the fifth inning. A sacrifice fly allowed one run to score while a two run blast put a total of four runs on the board for Kansas.
Yet, the Jayhawks remained unable to close the gap resulting in a run-rule after five innings of play, 15-4. The two return to action on Sunday as Oklahoma goes for the sweep.