Oklahoma kicked of their final tournament appearance before conference play begin with a bang on Thursday. Playing a double-header on the opening day of the LMU/CSUN Tournament, in Los Angeles, the Sooners scored a combined 26 runs against UC Santa Barbara and Loyola Marymount.
As impressive as Oklahoma’s offensive stats were, the Sooners were even better from the pitching circle where hurlers allowed just one run on two hits, including a perfect game by “G” Juarez.
Oklahoma 12 – UCSB 1
OU’s offense arrived late in this one, turning a tight contest into an eventual blowout. Santa Barbara’s Genesis Ramirez drove a single to left center field, knocking in Ally Nodohara to give the Gauchos a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning.
Mariah Lopez would put the breaks on any further action by UCSB by racking up a total of thirteen strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. Parker Conrad was brought in to close out the final one and one third inning. The former Missouri Tiger allowed just a single hit.
The Sooners were strong enough from the circle to keep the game in check until their bats woke up. A Jocelyn Alo double, in the top of the third, scored Reagan Rogers to even the game at 1-1 but OU would have to wait until the sixth inning for the real fireworks to start.
The Sooners would end up plating five runs off four hits in the top of the sixth inning, thanks in part to a 2-RBI double by Sami Skelly.
Not even close to being finished, OU erupted for another six runs in the top of the seventh, aided with a Kinsey Koeltzow single that plated Caleigh Clifton and Nicole Mendes.
Oklahoma 14 – LMU 0
There was no slow start to Oklahoma’s offense in the second game on Thursday. The Sooners blasted past Loyola Marymount in convincing fashion.
Starting in the third inning, the Sooners recorded fourteen runs off fourteen hits to end the game early with the mercy rule. Jocelyn Alo went 3-for-4 from the plate, including a 2-RBI homer in the third, on her way to a 7-RBI outing.
Sydney Romero and Nicole Mendes also recorded multiple hit performances, combining for four RBI.
The story in this game though was Oklahoma pitcher Giselle Juarez who tossed the first perfect game of her collegiate career. Juarez went all five innings not allowing a hit and retiring all fifteen batters she faced, including six strikeouts.
Back At It Tomorrow
The second-ranked Sooners (22-2) are back in action on Friday as they move to Northridge, California to play Dartmouth and California State University Northridge. First pitch against Dartmouth is scheduled for 12:00 PM (CT)