Win Streak to 15 as OU Downs Ohio State, CSUF
NORMAN – No. 5/5 Oklahoma softball completed a 5-0 performance at the Easton Tournament with two wins on Sunday, downing No. 17 Ohio State 5-0 and host Cal State Fullerton 14-3.
OU moved to 24-2 on the season and extended its winning streak to 15 games. Additionally, the victory over the Titans was OU’s 32nd consecutive road win, extending a program-record streak. The Sooners’ last road loss was two years ago to the day when OU fell to Cal State Fullerton, 7-5, on March 18, 2016.
Overall, OU is outscoring its opponents 177-25 this season, including a 43-5 mark at the Easton Tournament.
Seniors Paige Parker and Paige Lowary were stellar in the circle, combining for OU’s 13th shutout of the season against the Buckeyes. Parker started in the circle and moved to 13-1 on the season as she tossed 5.2 innings, allowing two hits and no runs while striking out eight.
Lowary earned her third save of the season as she closed the final 1.1 frames, surrendering no hits or runs and registering one strikeout. The save extended her program-record career mark to 14.
The Sooners opened scoring in the top of the third. Kelsey Arnold drew a walk and moved to third as Sydney Romero doubled down the left line, extending her hitting streak to eight games. Caleigh Clifton hit a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Arnold.
OU added a pair of runs in the fifth. Lea Wodach singled through the middle, and pinch runner Raegan Rogers moved to second on a groundout and stole third. After a pair of walks loaded the bases, Jocelyn Alo capitalized with a two-out single into left field that drove in Rogers and Romero.
The Sooners sealed their victory with two more runs in the seventh. After Sydney Romero and Caleigh Clifton both reached on walks, Alo doubled to right center to drive in Romero from second. A throwing error from the right fielder gave Clifton the opportunity to reach home.
Alo led the Sooners at the plate against the Buckeyes with a 2-for-4 performance, driving in three RBIs.
The Sooners scored a seaon-high 14 runs against Cal State Fullerton, led by home runs from Alo, Nicole Pendley and Romero, who homered twice in the contest.
Romero was 3-of-4 at the plate with a career-high six RBI.
Alo put the Sooners on the board early with a solo home run to left field. The blast was the 11th of her freshman season, leading the team. It also extended Alo’s on-base streak to 15 games, also a team-high this year.
The Sooners extended their advantage to 6-0 with a five-run second inning. With the bases loaded, pinch hitter Vanessa Taukeiaho reached on an error from the Titan first baseman that brought in Pendley and Nicole Mendes. Romero then drilled a three-run home run to center field to extend OU's lead.
OU added another run as Wodach singled to right center to drive in Mendes. Wodach recorded a hit in every game of the tournament and has a season-best five-game hitting streak.
After the Titans scored one run in the bottom of the fifth, the Sooners put together a seven-run seventh inning. Romero hit her second three-run homer of the game, a blast to left field. It was her seventh homer of the season and fourth of the weekend.
Eliyah Flores drew a walk and advanced to second as Alo reached on an error. Pinch hitter Kylie Lundberg singled to left center to drive in Flores.
Then, Pendley drilled the Sooners' third three-run blast of the game, with hers going to right center. The homer was the senior's sixth of the season and second at the tournament.
Starting pitcher Mariah Lopez moved to 7-0 on the year, tossing 4.0 innings, allowing two hits and no runs while striking out four and walking three. Lopez got herself out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the second, fielding a grounder to turn a inning-ending double play.
Parker Conrad, Melanie Olmos and Lowary all threw 1.0 inning in relief against Cal State Fullerton. Conrad surrendered one run on three hits with one strikeout, Olmos gave up two runs on three hits and Lowary closed the final inning with no runs or hits and a walk.
The Sooners conclude their trip to the West Coast on Monday as they travel to Northridge, Calif., to take on Cal State Northridge at 2 p.m. CT.