Softball Sweeps Baylor for 22nd Straight Win
WACO, Texas – No. 3/2 Oklahoma softball secured a series sweep of No. 15/15 Baylor with a 4-1 victory on Saturday night inside Getterman Stadium.
The Sooners (31-2, 6-0 Big 12) have now won 22 consecutive games, good for the fifth-best win streak in program history. Additionally, the win over the Lady Bears (20-9, 0-3), was OU’s 36th straight road win.
Nicole Pendley led the Sooners at the plate on Saturday with a 1-for-2 performance, scoring two runs and tallying one RBI. Sydney Romero and Caleigh Clifton were both 1-for-3 with a run. Kylie Lundberg drove in two runs, while Romero added another RBI.
Leadoff batter Romero put the Sooners on the board first as she drove the second pitch of the game over the left field wall. It was her ninth home run of the season and her second leadoff blast as also she went yard to open March 23’s game against Texas Tech.
Baylor starting pitcher Gia Rodoni retired the next 12 Sooner batters. However, Nicole Pendley broke Rodoni’s groove as she drilled the first pitch of the fifth inning over the right-field wall. It was her eighth shot of the season.
The home runs from Romero and Pendley were the Sooners’ first blasts of the series.
In the top of the seventh, the Sooners added a pair of insurance runs. With two runners in scoring position, Lundberg was called upon to pinch hit. She delivered with a single to center field that plated Clifton and Pendley.
Baylor’s only run of the weekend came in the bottom of the seventh as Goose McGlaun scored on a groundout from Maddison Kettler.
Paige Parker and Paige Lowary combined in the circle for OU. Parker moved to 17-1 on the season as she tossed the first 4.0 innings, allowing four hits and no runs while striking out four. She has now recorded 38 consecutive scoreless innings.
Lowary registered her fourth save of the season, extending her program-record career save total to 15 as she closed the final 3.0 innings with one hit and one run. All three of her Ks in the contest came in the sixth inning as she struck out the side.
Oklahoma heads to Ames, Iowa, next weekend for a three-game series with Iowa State. The Sooners and the Cyclones are scheduled to face off on Friday at 4 p.m. CT and on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.