Giselle Juarez struck out the first batter she faced and then Sydney Romero caught two pop ups sitting Tulsa down in order to open the game Wednesday night. That would become a theme on the night for Juarez, who didn’t give up a hit until the third inning.
That would be the only Juarez would allow on the night as she struck out five batters before giving way to Mariah Lopez with two away in the fourth.
The Golden Hurricane weren’t as crisp from the field as three errors in the bottom of the first played a role in Oklahoma plating two runs. With two outs against them, Caleigh Clifton, Shay Knighten, and Grace Green all reached on three consecutive errors. Clifton and Knighten would eventually come home to score the opening runs of the game.
It didn’t get any better for Tulsa in the second as Grace Lyons and Sydney Romero left off the bottom half of the frame with back-to-back home runs. Oklahoma sent ten batters to the plate in the second, scoring five runs to put the run-rule in play.
Romero sent a solo shot over the right field wall in the bottom of the third to expand Oklahoma’s lead to 8-0. It marked the second multi-home run game of Romero’s career.
Tulsa was finally able to muster some offense after Juarez was lifted. A home run saving effort by Reagan Rogers ended the top of the fourth but the Golden Hurrican struck for a run on a blooper off the bat of Josie Muffley.
Grace Green crushed a shot to left field to end the game on a walk-off 2-RBI homer. It was Oklahoma’s fourth home run of the game, in an effort that saw them knock in 9 RBI on 10 hits.
The Sooners step out of conference play with a two-game set at Utah this weekend.