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Kickoff Tournament | Oklahoma Sooners Improve To 4-0 With Win Over Syracuse Orange

Rich DeCray

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In the second outing of the day, Giselle Jaurez entered the circle for the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoping for a repeat of the previous day, the All-American Pitcher took the ball into her hands to start the game. Staring down just three Syracuse Orange batters in the opening frame, the star transfer made quick work of the opponent setting up the offense for success.

In the bottom of the first inning, Syndey Romero stepped up to the plate. Taking a swing at the ball, the third baseman connected sending it toward right field. Although the fly ball was caught for the out, it allowed Caleigh Clifton to score as the Sooners claimed an early 1-0 lead. Following up the success in the second inning, Reagan Rogers solo homerun extended the lead by a run as Oklahoma took control of the game.

Closing the inning without suffering any more damage, Syracuse remained focused on the challenge at hand. Securing a few base runners, Hannah Dossett looked to capitalize on the situation. Sending a hard ball down the third base line, the senior reached on an error while Lailoni Mayfield crossed home plate. Effectively cutting into the lead, the run breathed new life into the Orange.

However, an offensive explosion from the Sooners in the fourth inning left Syracuse searching for answers. It all started with a double from Romero which once again scored Clifton while allowing other base runners to advance. Simply finding yet another hole in the defense, Fale Aviu singled as Jocelyn Alo reached home. Needless to say, the lead quickly spiked. Swapping out pitchers twice, the riddle remained unanswered as OU plated seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a commanding 9-1 lead.

All it took was five innings to close out the game. Securing the win, Juarez moves to 2-0 on the year despite pitching four of the five innings. Giving up a single earned run, the All-American continues to live up to the billing.

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