Powerful offenses and dominating defenses made Oklahoma and Oklahoma State the top two softball programs in the Big 12. It just made sense that as the two faced-off for the conference championship that those attributes would rise to the spotlight.
Oklahoma’s Giselle “G” Juarez was dominant from the pitching circle, striking out 9 Cowgirl batters through the first four innings.
While OSU was still looking for their first hit during that span, they were holding the Sooners at bay thanks to great defensive play from the infield. Two double-plays and a absolute gem from short stop Kiley Naomi thwarted OU’s efforts to advance base runners.
Struggling to get the ball through the infield, the Sooners decided to take it out of play in the bottom of the fourth. Caleigh Clifton took a 2-1 pitch deep to right field for a solo home run that broke the stalemate. A batter later Jocelyn Alo cleared straight away center field to make it a 2-0 game.
Oklahoma State threatened in the sixth by working their way to a bases-loaded but Juarez was able to work her way out of the jam by fanning Michaela Richbourg for her tenth strike out of the night.
Grace Green gave the Sooners an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI double down the left-field line that scored Alo.
Strikeouts eleven, twelve, and thirteen came in the top of the seventh as Juarez regained her form to end the game in the dominating fashion that she started with.
The win wrapped up Oklahoma’s eighth consecutive Big 12 championship and puts the Sooners on path to begin their run to the Women’s College World Series by hosting both a regional and a super regional.
The Bedlam series will wrap up with a Sunday double-header in Stillwater. First pitch in the opening game is slated for 11:30 am.