In the second outing of the day, the Oklahoma fell flat on defense against the Iowa State Cyclones while looking to sweep Pool A of the Big 12 Tournament. Failing to put a run on the board in the first, the Sooners left an opportunity on the field for ISU. Making the most of it, the Cyclone plated four runs in the bottom of the frame putting the tournament favorite on their heels.
Behind the pressure, Patty Gasso opted to throw Parker Conrad in the circle to clean up the previous mess. Providing an answer to the early riddle on the field, the youngster pitched 3.2 innings. During that time, Conrad surrendered just three hits but refused to give up a run. Striking out three batters in turn, the Missouri transfer found herself providing a spark the ball club desperately needed.
Over the next two innings, the Sooners offense even the score at 4-4 before breaking the game open in the fifth inning.
In a bases loaded situation, Raegan Rogers stepped up to the plate. Drawing a walk, allowed Caliegh Clifton to trot home officially breaking the tie swinging the momentum heavily in OU’s favor. Following the walk and stepping into the same bases loaded situation, Sydney Romero delivered a hit. Finding a gap in right, Nicole Pendley and Fale Aviu were given the signal to run. Safely touching the plate, Oklahoma seized control of the contest 7-4 and never looked back.
Of course, the Sooners added a few addition insurance runs in the top of the final inning which proved vital. Why? In the bottom half of the seventh inning, the Cyclone made a furious charge scoring two runs.
Yet, it was OU advancing to the Big 12 Championship against the Baylor Bears with a 9-6 margin of victory.