Sooners Claim Red River Rivalry Series
NORMAN – No. 3/3 Oklahoma softball scored seven unanswered runs to take down Texas 7-1 and claim the Red River Rivalry series on Saturday afternoon at Marita Hynes Field.
The victory was highlighted by a sixth-inning grand slam from Sydney Romero, marking the Sooners' second grand slam in as many games against the Longhorns.
With the win, the Sooners moved to 43-3 overall and 14-0 in Big 12 play, improving their best conference start in program history. Additionally, OU has now won 26 straight games at home, dating back to 2017, and holds a 22-0 record at Marita Hynes this season.
Oklahoma has now won the past seven Big 12 series against the Longhorns. The Sooners are also now undefeated in their last 48 Big 12 series, going 44-0-4 in that span.
The Longhorns (28-20, 10-5 Big 12) took the lead in the third with a solo home run from Taylor Ellsworth.
Oklahoma tied the game in the bottom of the frame when pinch runner Hannah Sparks scored on an error by the Texas catcher at home.
Paige Lowary entered the circle in the fourth with a 1-1 score and shut down the Longhorn offense. She surrendered no hits or runs while walking one batter and fanning four to move to 5-1 on the season and lead a strong defensive peformance from the Sooners.
The Sooners took the lead in the fourth. Romero drilled a grounder to first, and Lea Wodach raced home from third. Although the UT first baseman's throw was on time, Wodach danced around the catcher and evaded the tag to score the go-ahead run.
The lead was extended when Shay Knighten hit a sacrifice fly that plated Romero.
Romero broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth. With the bases loaded, Romero delivered her first career grand slam to clinch OU's 7-1 victory. She finished the game with two runs and five RBIs, marking her 12th game this season with multiple RBIs and second with more than five.
The series finale between OU and Texas is slated for a 1 p.m. CT first pitch on Sunday. The game will be aired on ESPN2 and can be heard through KEBC 1560 AM or online via the Franchise 2.