Oklahoma 6 – Syracuse 0
It’s a new season for Oklahoma Softball but a not so new face took the circle as the Sooners opened up against Syracuse at the GCU Kickoff Tournament. Mariah Lopez struck out twelve of the twenty-five batters she faced in leading OU to a 6-0 victory over the Orange.
A junior from Saugus, California, Lopez held Syracuse to just one hit in her complete game season debut. She allowed ample time for Oklahoma’s offense to kick in and power the fourth-ranked Sooners to six runs over the final four innings.
Senior Reagan Rogers got OU on the board when her single to first base scored Fale Aviu in the top of the fourth.
Rogers then crossed home plate in the top of the sixth, on a fielding error by Syracuse, to double Oklahoma’s lead to 2-0.
Sophomore Lynnsie Elam opened the flood gates in the top of the seventh with a 3-RBI double to right-center field.
Freshman Grace Green opened up the scoring in the top half of the opening frame with a single that scored Jocelyn Alo. Green’s single made it 3-0 for the Sooners before Elam’s rip scored Rogers, Green and Eliyah Flores to complete Oklahoma’s scoring at 6-0.
Oklahoma 7 – GCU 1
In the nightcap it was Arizona State transfer Giselle “G” Juarez taking the circle in her Oklahoma debut. Going four full innings, Juarez picked up the win after allowing just one run, off two hits, while striking out three batters.
OU’s offense got off to a bit of a slow start once again but, like the first game, steadily built momentum until the dam finally burst.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the top of the fifth, senior Caleigh Clifton hit an RBI single to left field, scoring Nicole Mendes. Sydney Romero then put Oklahoma on top with a left field single that scored freshman Grace Lyons.
Not even close to being done in the fifth, Clifton and Romero both came home on a single to right by Aviu, making it a 4-1 game for the Sooners. A double by Flores would then add two more with Green and Aviu crossing home plate to top off a six-run inning for Oklahoma.
Clifton launched a solo home run in the top of the seventh to cap Oklahoma’s scoring for the night.
A night of transfers from the circle, former FIU standout Shannon Saile threw the final two innings for the Sooners. Striking out six of the eleven batters she face, Saile was every bit as dominant from the circle as Oklahoma hoped she would be.
The Sooners are back on the field against Saturday for another doubleheader. They’ll play Charlotte at 10:00 AM (CT) before facing Syracuse again at 3:00 PM (CT).