Facing the Big 12’s top pitcher in Giselle “G” Juarez, Texas Tech didn’t record their first hit until the top of the fourth inning in Friday’s Big 12 opener for the Sooners. By that time Oklahoma had already plated five runs and were well on their way to an 8-0 run-rule victory.
Juarez pitch five innings against the Red Raiders, allowing no runs, just one hit, and striking out eleven batters along the way. Shannon Saile tossed the sixth inning, striking out two to register 13 total strikeouts for Oklahoma’s pitching staff.
The Sooners went small-ball in the bottom of the second, getting on the board with a bunt from Lynnsie Elam that scored Grace Green. Nicole Mendes would also score in the inning, on a wild pitch, to put OU up 2-0 at the end of the second frame.
A blast to the right field wall by Shay Knighten scored two more runs in the bottom of the third and the Sooners were sitting comfortable with a 5-0 lead. Fale Aviu had scored previously in the inning off another wild pitch.
Knighten went on to end the game early with a walk-off RBI single to left field that scored Grace Green. Her hit came on the heels of Green’s triple that scored Jocelyn Alo and Caleigh Clifton, putting OU just one run away from ending it.
Green and Knighten each recorded two hits and combined for five RBI.
The Sooners will play Kansas in the nightcap. A win there will place them in Saturday’s championship game. First pitch for tonight is scheduled for 7:30 (CST).