Oklahoma’s streak of consecutive run-rule victories was snapped at four games but their conference winning streak grew to 29 games, their home winning streak 44, and their nation leading overall winning streak 23 games as the beat the Baylor Bears 7-5 on Friday night.
Sydney Romero was inches away from a home run as she led off for the bottom of the first. Her off-the-wall triple ended up being the only hit of the frame for the Sooners but a sac-fly by Caleigh Clifton brought her in, producing a 1-0 lead.
Baylor’s Taylor Ellis interrupted and otherwise stellar start for “G” Juarez with a solo home run in the top of the second to tie the game up 1-1. That was the only hit Juarez surrendered through the first three innings, while racking up a five-batter strikeout count.
Oklahoma’s response to Baylor’s home run came again off the bat of Sydney Romero. Grace Lyons battled her way to a two-out walk to keep the second inning alive for the Sooners. Then Lynnsie Elam bounced a shot off the glove of Baylor pitcher Sidney Holman before Nicole Mendes drew a walk to load the bases. Romero then delivered a 2-RBI single up the middle to put OU back in front 3-1.
The Sooners exploded for three more runs in the bottom of the third, thanks to a 2-run blast by Jocelyn Alo, but Baylor wasn’t going away quietly.
Ellis took Juarez deep again in the top of the fourth to cut the lead in half at 6-3.
Romero finally went deep in the bottom of the fourth to cushion Oklahoma to a 7-3 lead.
Juarez returned to form in the top of the fifth, fanning two batters and showing great control.
Things don’t typically come easy in Big 12 play and that was certainly the case on Friday night. Kassidy Krupit blasted Baylor’s third home run of the night, a 2-run shot to right center field, to keep the Bears alive at just a 7-5 deficit.
After Oklahoma went away quietly in the bottom of the seventh, Saile was back in the circle to close it out. She responded by fanning two and sealing the win and securing her fourth save of the season.
Player of the Game
Senior Sydney Romero was three-for-three from the plate with three RBI and two runs scored. She was one hit shy of the cycle, ending with a single, triple, and a home run.