OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Softball opened the Phillips 66 Big 12 Softball Championship on May 10 on a high note defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders 8-0 in six innings. This was OU’s 23rd shutout of the season, and junior Giselle Juarez led the Sooners allowing only one hit in five innings remaining undefeated in the season, and junior Shannon Saile closing out pushing the Sooners to clinch a victory over the Red Raiders.
Junior Missy Zoch took the mound for the Red Raiders to start the game and held OU scoreless in the first inning, but the Sooners retaliated with two runs in the second inning, three in the third, and ended the game strong with three more runs in the final inning to close out.
Juarez is now 22-0 in the season and had 11 strikeouts claiming this game as the sixth straight game where she’s struck out double-digit batters.
Freshman Grace Green sealed the Sooners’ 23rd season shutout with a line drive down the right-field line scoring Caleigh Clifton and Jocelyn Alo as Green recorded a triple. Senior Shay Knighten finished things off sending Green home with a strong single to left field and ending the game in the bottom of the sixth.
With this victory over the Red Raiders, the Sooners improve to 49-2 in the season and have the longest standing winning streak in Division I NCAA history at 39 straight wins for a single season.
In true Oklahoma fashion, rain has delayed the Sooners’ next matchup as OU was set to face the Kansas Jayhawks. The game was suspended in the fourth inning due to weather, and the Sooners will resume when the field is cleared of water and weather permits it.
As the Sooners look to resume Big 12 play, the team is also set to learn its NCAA standing on Sunday evening.