The Oklahoma Sooners started the Big 12 Tournament with a bang, plating ten runs over the course of six innings. Securing a first round victory over the Texas Longhorns by a final of 10-1, Patty Gasso’s ball club finds itself in uncharted territory. Including Friday’s triumph, OU’s streak now extends to 19 straight wins over conference opponents this season.
Squaring off against Paige Parker, the Longhorns found success in the top of the first inning. With two runners on board an no outs, Randel Leahy stepped up to the plate. Showing bunt, the right fielder connected with the ball forcing a decision to be made. Opting to allow Leahy free passage to first, Oklahoma surrendered the first run of the afternoon after the inability to make the play.
Centering herself in the circle once again, Parker remained unphased. Striking out the next to batters followed by a pop-out, the Sooners stranded the remaining base runners to get out of the top of the frame. However, it wouldn’t be until the second innings that OU plated their first run of the tournament.
Nicole Pendley started the bottom of the inning with a solo shot over the left field wall. Energizing the team, it seemed as though that would be all the offense mustered in the inning. However, with two outs on the board, Patty Gasso’s ball club began to rally. Behind a Caliegh Clifton single to the right field wall, the Sooners plated two more runs to establish a 3-1 lead.
Oklahoma went on to score two runs in each of the following two innings before dropping a zero in the fifth. On the verge of a run-rule, the defense refused to surrender a run to the Longhorns despite Texas rattling off seven hits. The effort put all the momentum on the offensive side of the ball for one final inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Sydney Romero singled on a 3-2 count as the lead off hitter. Following suite, Clifton singled once again moving the runners one step closer to home. Yet, the payoff came from Jocelyn Alo. The star freshman hit her 24th homer of the season while adding three RBIs to her resume. With one swing of the bat, the freshman ended the game with a bang — exactly the way it started offensively for OU.
😱 There are no words.
— Oklahoma Softball (@OU_Softball) May 11, 2018