Paige Parker set the tone early by striking out the first two batters she faced in a 1-2-3 inning. This would be a different experience than the first time Oklahoma met Boston University.
The Terriers got the best of Oklahoma at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, New Mexico and that’s something the Sooners haven’t forgotten.
“It was more of a learning experience for us in that game,” junior Sydney Romero said about the February loss. “We didn’t execute in that game, obviously, and we just had to come into this game knowing what to do, having a game plan, and get it done.”
Getting it done is exactly what Oklahoma did. To the tune of nine runs in just four innings from the plate.
Parker started the game by retiring the first six batters she faced, striking out three. She finished by allowing no runs, on four hits, and striking out four batters in just four innings of work.
Oklahoma plated their first run in the bottom of the third when Shay Knighten found a hole in left field for an RBI single that scored Kelsey Arnold…and then the dam broke in the fourth.
The Sooners sent fifteen batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning. Highlighted by a 3-RBI triple from Sydney Romero and a 2-run homer from Jocelyn Alo, OU saw eight of those fifteen batters cross home plate, blowing up their lead to 9-0.
— Oklahoma Softball (@OU_Softball) May 19, 2018
No. 4 @OU_Softball continues to pile it on with a Jocelyn Alo bomb to right center in the 4th!
Oklahoma 6 | Boston 0 pic.twitter.com/6KGH88AIBR
— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 19, 2018
Senior Paige Lowary pitched a perfect fifth to preserve the 9-0 run-rule and send the Sooners into a winner’s game against Tulsa on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Hurricane will be another familiar opponent for Oklahoma. The Sooners played Tulsa twice in the regional last year, and earlier this season TU pitcher Emily Watson held OU to just one run, off three hits, as the Sooners snuck out of T-Town with a 1-0 victory.
“I think she’s one of the best pitchers I’ve ever faced,” Romero said when talking about Watson.
First pitch on Saturday is set for 4:00 PM.