Alo's Solo Blast Lifts OU Past Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. – Mariah Lopez and Paige Lowary combined on a three-hit shutout as Jocelyn Alo’s solo home run proved the difference maker in No. 2/2 Oklahoma’s 1-0 road win over Tulsa on Tuesday night at Collins Family Softball Complex.
With the victory, the Sooners moved to 39-2 on the season, marking Oklahoma's best start in program history. The Sooners have won 30 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in school annals and the longest active streak in the nation, and 37 straight road games, dating back to 2016.
Lopez allowed just two hits over 5.1 innings while registering five strikeouts, moving to 13-0 on the season. Lowary earned her seventh save of the year as she closed the final 1.2 frames, surrendering one hit and striking out the last three batters of the game.
“I thought our pitching staff was really, really good tonight,” OU head coach Patty Gasso said. “Giving Mariah a big start like this and how she battled through it was fantastic. And, to see Paige Lowary close the way she did – everything was really in order.”
Alo’s 19th home run of the season came in the top of the third, a shot to center field that gave the Sooners a 1-0 lead.
Nicole Pendley and Lea Wodach also recorded hits in the contest, both ripping singles up the middle. Fale Aviu drew two walks in the game.
“I thought they persevered pretty well,” Gasso said. “(Emily) Watson’s a great pitcher. Her team’s pretty feisty. It’s always tough to play here – the fans come out, so it’s always a challenging game for us. I appreciated their perseverance.”
The Sooners are back in action on Thursday as they travel to Eugene, Ore., to face No. 4/4 Oregon. The game will be broadcast by the Pac-12 Network and can be heard on KEBC 1560 AM or online via the Franchise 2.